George Bernard Shaw Collection
Six acclaimed adaptations bring to life the memorable characterizations, brilliant command of language, and dazzling wit of Shaw's classic plays, highlighting the vitality of his work, as well as the ideas and critiques embedded in it.
Over 11 hours of acclaimed performances by many of the worlds most renowned and celebrated actors, including Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham-Carter, Billy Conolly, Patrick Stewart, Ian Richardson, Kym Redgrave and many more, makes The Bernard Shaw Collection a wonderful tribute to a cultural icon and the leading playwright of his time. The sharp wit and discerning themes of Shaw's work are wonderfully captured in these original productions from the BBC remastered for DVD.

George Bernard Shaw Collection includes the following:
- Arms and the Man.
- The Man of Destiny
- The Devil's Disciple
- Mrs Warren's Profession
- You Never Can Tell
- Pygmalion
- Androcles and the Lion
- Heartbreak House
- The Millionairess
- The Apple Cart

6 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 672 minutes | 41.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama

Arms And The Man (1989)

First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man immediately established Shaw's reputation as one of the greatest wits in London drama. This beautifully remastered BBC production brings to life an uproarious comedy that still resonates in its critique of warfare and romance with the scintillating performance of Helena Bonham Carter.

The Devil's Disciple (1987)

In The Devil's Disciple, Shaw uses the familiar tropes of melodrama to undermine traditional beliefs and values. This original BBC production reinvigorates a classic, featuring performances by Patrick Stewart, Ian Richardson and Elizabeth Spriggs.

Mrs. Warren's Profession (1972)

Written in 1893, but not performed until 1902 because of government censorship, Mrs. Warren's Profession scandalized Victorian England with a look into a most unusual method of entering into good society.

Pygmalion (1973)

Based on a classical myth, Pygmalion has become in its own right a classic of the contemporary stage and screen. Addressing the complexity of human relationships and society, it is the story of a simple flower girl who is tutored to be a genteel upper class lady. This charming BBC production stars Lynn Redgrave as Eliza Doolittle.

Heartbreak House (1977)

A rollicking romp through the minefields of romantic entanglement, Heartbreak House is Shaw's passionate response to World War I and features an endearing performance by John Geilguld. Vivaciously alive with dangerous flirtations, this vibrant game of hearts and philosophies will keep you chasing the key to life and love.

The Millionairess (1972)

Shaw's glittering farce the Millionairess reveals the true relations between class, capital, power and labor. Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Baker and Charles Gray, this original BBC production brings the hilarity and searing commentary of Shaw's work to vivid life.


Bonus Plays:
- The Man Of Destiny: Set in 1796 at an inn where Napoleon rests at the start of his conquest of Italy. Starring Simon Callow.

- You Never Can Tell: Mrs. Landfrey and her three children return to England after 18 years abroad, where a chance encounter with their traditionalist husband and father quickly entangles them in a series of comic events. Starring Warren Clarke, Cyril Cussack, Patrick Magee, Judy Parfitt and Robert Powell.

- Androcles And The Lion: The story of Androcles, a Christian who is about to be sent to the lions for being a heretic in the Roman Empire. Starring Billy Connolly.

- The Apple Cart: Forty years into the future, England is governed by King Magnus who, along with his mistress Orinthia, matches wits with a prime minister seeking to transform the nation into a constitutional monarchy. Starring Helen Mirren and Prunella Scales.

Bonus Programs:
- The Wit And World Of George Bernard Shaw: Christopher Plummer tells Shaw's life story.

- George Bernard Shaw Lived Here: Bernard Levin visits Shaw's home at Ayot St. Lawrence.

- George Bernard Shaw's Talks: Audio excerpts from Shaw's talks.

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