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An author, a star and a firework of words

In 1899, the correspondence of the then 42-year-old Shaw, who was still an unknown playwright at the time, with the actress, 9 years younger, began just at the height of her fame. For four decades, the unlikely pair wrote devoted letters to each other, provoking and cursing each other, only to be passionately reconciled soon after.


"Stella, Stella," Shaw had warned his lover, "close your eyes tightly to this ingratiating Irishman, this liar and actor. He will dip his fountain pen in your heart's blood and sell your most sacred sentiments on the stage..."

Stella did not heed the warning, and thus was born a unique correspondence by and about two people who shaped both their times and each other, a correspondence that became a worldwide success thanks to Jerome Kilty's stage adaptation of "Beloved Liar."

"Beloved Liar" is an enchanting comedy that moves and makes you laugh, it is a document of great passion, the testimony of an attraction that lasts for decades between two artists whose paths merge not only in private but also professionally. For Stella is not only Shaw's beloved, she is also the first Eliza Doolittle in his play Pygmalion.

(Program in German)

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Participating artists
Annette Klare (Regie)
Ilse Nickel (Dramaturgie)
Hermann Stresau (Übersetzung)
Gundula Köster
Carl Martin Spengler
Ute Falkenau
Dates
March 2024
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