George Bernard Shaw

Born in Dublin in 1856, George Bernard Shaw has the distinction of being the only person to have won both a Nobel Prize (for Literature in 1925) and an Academy Award (for his screenplay adaptation of 1938's 'Pygmalion'). His plays are the most widely produced in English language theatre after Shakespeare. A politically active socialist, dedicated vegetarian and a scathing wit he wrote five unpublished novels and worked as a drama critic before finding his true vocation as a playwright, alongside contemporaries such as Oscar Wilde, G.K. Chesterton and H.G. Wells. "If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange apples, we both still only have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange ideas, we each now have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Director: Gabriel Pascal
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

George Bernard Shaw's exuberantly witty play about Rome's titanic leader and Egypt's young queen was transferred to the big screen with stars Vivien L... Read more

Pygmalion (1938)

Director: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard
Starring: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson

George Bernard Shaw wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay for this adaptation of his comedy which later became 'My Fair Lady'. Leslie Howard is P... Read more