Tristan Bates Theatre

Mrs Shaw Herself

Helix Productions in tandem with The Shaw Society present Mrs Shaw Herself  

Sun 21 January 
Standard Tickets: £12 / £10 Concs


A glimpse into the life of Charlotte Payne-Townshend, wife of Bernard Shaw 

Mrs Shaw Herself explores the life of Charlotte Payne-Townshend, the wife of George Bernard Shaw through diary entries and letters to and from Charlotte and significant others in her life. These include GB Shaw, Beatrice Webb, TE Lawrence and Mrs Patrick Campbell.

This exploration is in the format of a one woman show, underscored in part with live music on the Celtic Harp.  Simply staged, it is highly adaptable to any surroundings including theatres, churches, community halls, libraries and bookshops.

Charlotte, a wealthy Irish heiress, was a remarkable woman who held opinions and attitudes ahead of her time.  Known chiefly as the wife of the well-known playwright GB Shaw, we are less aware of the fact that she used her wealth to fund projects enabling the education of women and furthering the knowledge of social, economic and political science. We feel strongly that her contribution is worthy of recognition. 

In Mrs Shaw Herself, Charlotte talks frankly about her childhood and upbringing, her unconventional attitude to marriage and motherhood, her abhorrence of social injustice, her links to LSE through The Fabian Society and her life with GBS..


Mrs Shaw & other roles Alexis Leighton
Harpist Helen Tierney



Co-writer & deviser Helen Tierney
Co-deviser & writer Alexis Leighton