We have started watching the plays of George Bernard Shaw on DVD. Last night we watched 'Man of Destiny' and 'Arms and the Man'. Shaw was once thought second only to Shakespeare as an British playwright. This DVD collection was first broadcast on BBC TV in the eighties. Many well known actors appear as callow youths, among them Simon Callow who plays Napoleon and Helena Bonham-Carter who is a long way from the corpse bride in the farce set in Bulgaria.
These are clearly filmed plays and they are very stagey. Nevertheless the actors do well and the diction comes over so well we turned the subtitles off. I doubt on this evidence that Shaw has weathered well. He is very given to aphorisms but they are not so witty nor so wise as those of Oscar Wilde.