Archive for November, 2015

I’ve just written a short article on the reception of Bernard Shaw’s plays on the London stage during his lifetime. It deals with how critics and audiences alike responded to his plays and offers some new perspectives. It’s called: “Reception in London, 1892–1950,” in George Bernard Shaw in Context, ed. Brad Kent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 317–324.

In A Noble Brother (item 90.29) the author of the play and actor of the role of “Jerry” should read J. W. Summers, and not W. J. Summers. Reviews of the London production (as well as Allardyce Nicoll in his History of English Drama) give the author and actor as W. J. Summers. It would appear Summers’ name was misprinted on the program since references to the provincial productions of the play (both before and after the London production) give J. W. Summers. Indeed, J. W. Summers was quite well known in America. He died in April 1893 (Era Almanack, 1894). Interestingly, during his visit to England, Summers married, as his second wife, Clara L. Pierre Rose (from Chicago, a dramatic reader) in Liverpool on 4 December 1889.