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Commonsense and Soldiers' Tales

LSE Language Centre event

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2014
Time: 6.30-8.30pm 
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building

With the outbreak of the First World War, George Bernard Shaw’s reputation torpedoed when he published his anti-war pamphlet Commonsense About the War. Shunned by the theatrical world, Shaw, heavily influenced by Russia in Heartbreak House, came to welcome one of the war’s consequences– the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II. The same events were to send the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky into Western exile for the rest of his life. The Soldier’s Tale of 1918 may be viewed as a comment on the displacement of soldiers across Europe at the War’s end.

LSE students present an evening of Shaw, and Karim Said, a Barenboim protégé, appears as conductor in a programme of words and music related to the First World War.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email Olga Sobolev, o.sobolev@lse.ac.uk.

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