With an introduction from Harold Hobson Back To Methuselah was a five part production of George Bernard Shaw’s epic cycle of plays which track from 4004BC to the very far future beginning with Adam And Eve with the second play taking place in the present day. The final episode takes place in the year 31,920 where people live to a very advanced age.
Written between the years 1918 and 1920 the plays were an attempt by Shaw to come to terms with the ravages of world war one and his belief that we all need to adapt and live as long as we can.
The episodes were titled In The Beginning, The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabus, The Thing Happens, Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman and As Far As Thought Can Reach.
UK / BBC / 5 episodes various durations from 75 minutes to 110 minutes / Broadcast 6 May – 3 June 1952
Play: George Bernard Shaw / Production Design: Stephen Bundy / Choreography: Felicity Gray / Producer: Harold Clayton / Directors: Harold Clayton, Alan Bromly
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