Shaw and Feminism behind the Scenes
Although Shaw was a strong advocate for women's rights, he was sometimes less progressive in his relationships with actual women, especially those who yearned to invade what he regarded as the male bastion of playwriting. Shaw was passionately infatuated with Janet Achurch, the first actress to play Ibsen professionally in London, and hoped that she could help launch him onto the British stage as she had Ibsen. But Shaw was much less supportive when Achurch attempted to produce a play she had herself written for the London stage. Shaw's published correspondence about Achurch's writing reveals a man who could not completely break with traditional views about woman's proper place in the professional world, while excerpts from Achurch's previously unpublished play, “Mrs. Daintree's Daughter,” allow Achurch's playwriting voice to emerge for the first time.
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