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Man and Superman is a four-act drama, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1903. The series was written in response to calls for Shaw to write a play based on the Don Juan theme. Man and Superman opened at The Royal Court Theatre in London on 23 May 1905, but with the omission of the 3rd Act. A part of the act, Don Juan in Hell (Act 3, Scene 2), was performed when the drama was staged on 4 June 1907 at the Royal Court. The play was not performed in its entirety until 1915, when the Travelling Repertory Company played it at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
The long third act of the play is often cut. Don Juan in Hell consists of a philosophical debate between Don Juan (played by the same actor who plays Jack Tanner), and the Devil, with Doña Ana (Ann) and the Statue of Don Gonzalo, Ana's father (Roebuck Ramsden, an aged acquaintance of Tanner's and Ann's Guardian) looking on. This third act is often performed separately as a play in its own right, most famously during the 1950s in a concert version, featuring Charles Boyer as Don Juan, Charles Laughton as the Devil, Cedric Hardwicke as the Commander and Agnes Moorehead as Doña Ana. This version was also released as a spoken word album on LP, but is yet to appear on CD. However, the complete performance recording is now available at various sites on the internet.
Although Man and Superman can be performed as a light comedy of manners, Shaw intended the drama to be something much deeper, as suggested by the title. This title comes from Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical ideas about the "Übermensch" ("Superman"). The plot centres on John Tanner, author of "The Revolutionist's Handbook and Pocket Companion", which is published with the play as a 58-page appendix. Tanner is a confirmed bachelor despite the pursuits of Ann Whitefield and her persistent efforts to entice him to marry her. Ann is referred to as "the Life Force" and represents Shaw's view that in every culture, it is the women who force the men to marry them rather than the men who take the initiative.
- Man and Superman, an audio rendition of the play.
- Man and Superman, digitized copy of the first edition from Internet Archive.
- Man and Superman at the Internet Broadway Database
- Review, photos and other information
- Read online at Project Gutenberg
- "The Revolutionist's Handbook and Pocket Companion", an appendix to Man and Superman (page images)
- "Old Time Radio". MP3 downloads of 1950 performance.
The plays of George Bernard ShawPassion Play · Un Petit Drame · Widowers' Houses · The Philanderer · Mrs. Warren's Profession · Arms and the Man · Candida · The Man of Destiny · You Never Can Tell · The Devil's Disciple · The Gadfly · Caesar and Cleopatra · Captain Brassbound's Conversion · The Admirable Bashville · Man and Superman · John Bull's Other Island · How He Lied to Her Husband · Major Barbara · Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction · The Doctor's Dilemma · The Interlude at the Playhouse · Getting Married · The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet · Press Cuttings · Fascinating Foundling · The Glimpse of Reality · Misalliance · The Dark Lady of the Sonnets · Fanny's First Play · Androcles and the Lion · Overruled · Beauty's Duty · Pygmalion · Great Catherine · The Music Cure · O'Flaherty V.C. · The Inca of Perusalem · Augustus Does His Bit · Macbeth Skit · Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress · Heartbreak House · Back to Methuselah · A Glimpse of the Domesticity of Franklin Barnabas · Jitta's Atonement · Saint Joan · The Apple Cart · Too True to Be Good · How These Doctors Love One Another! · Village Wooing · On the Rocks · The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles · The Six of Calais · The Millionairess · Arthur and the Acetone · Cymbeline Refinished · Geneva · In Good King Charles's Golden Days · The British Party System · Buoyant Billions · Farfetched Fables · Shakes versus Shav · Why She Would Not This article on a play from the 1900s is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.