theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…
“Walk! Not bloody likely. I am going in a taxi.” This famous line from George Bernard Shaw‘s Pygmalion was first spoken by Mrs Patrick Campbell in the original production in 1914. At the time she was almost 50 years old and yet she was considered such a distinctive actress that she could make an audience believe in her youth.
Born in London of an English father and Italian mother, her first experience of acting was when she joined the Anomalies Dramatic Club and it was through this group that she acquired an agent. One of her early successes was as Paula in Arthur Wing Pinero‘s The Second Mrs Tanqueray.
She was well-known for her sharp wit and eccentricities – Shaw called her ‘perilously bewitching’ – and she went on to play Shakespeare and Ibsen, as well as the redoubtable Anastasia Rakonitz in a stage adaptation of G B Stern’s The Matriarch.
On one notable occasion in 1905, she and Sarah Bernhardt played a three-week tour of Pelléas and Mélisande in the provinces; a great success, one Dublin critic nevertheless had this to say: ‘Mrs Campbell played Mélisande, Madame Bernhardt Pelléas; they are both old enough to know better.’
In her later years she went to live in the States. She lives on in her quotes, the most famous being: “It doesn’t matter what you do in the bedroom, as long as you don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses,’ and in the lengthy correspondence between her and Shaw which was turned into a play by Jerome Kilty called Dear Liar. According to Richard Huggett in the introduction to his play, The First Night of Pygmalion, she hated the sobriquet, ‘Mrs Pat’, by which so many of us refer to her. She died in France at the age of 75.
Originally published 30 September 2001.
Sarah Vernon © 2001
Literatura y consejos.
A Backward Look Forward
Freelance Film Critic
Sharing my paintings
Various Illustrations both previous and ongoing.
Making stuff and pootling in the garden
it's all about the story, possums...
drunk on the arts
Loving yourself & Living with Scleroderma!
Walking blogger exploring London's hidden gems, sights and history!
A journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle
"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it." Diana Vreeland
by Itamar Dias
National Trust news, events and insight
Art, Literature, Poetry, Politics and a little History
BA Journalism Grad. 2016 @SunderlandUni | Theatre Lover | Dancing Through Life| Views are my own
Ideas on writing and baking
Handmade Jewelry & Accessories
Things from the past and present which may some some relevance in our future
Our space has a real effect on our emotions. Simply change your room arrangements to change your mood. Start to observe your surroundings to feel calm, relaxed and Happy.
the stories behind the pictures, and vice versa
Bespoke Handcrafted Woodwork & Artwork
A collection of fragments more than the sum of its shards
art & illustration
Exploring the world of Paleontology through new scientific articles, photos, and art
Promoting a Peaceful Political Revolution
All things sporadic!
The war diary of Ernest Lawrence Garraway, 1916 - 1917
Life in 19th Century Paris
the phenomenon of reflection
James Radcliffe, Musician. Music, Blog, Pictures, Live, News...
The Secret of Change Is to Focus All of Your Energy, Not on Fighting the Old, But on Building the New - Socrates
The Casual Way to Discuss Movies
Empowering Photography. Hello at: MariaJanssonPhotography@gmail.com
theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013...
Insights on thriving in the modern world
A sound viewpoint ought to be convincing
Just another WordPress.com site
International Artistic Collective firstname.lastname@example.org
mum, actress, singer, teacher... newbie publisher - living in France
"Oh! Take a shit, read a story" - My Mother on Flash Fiction