In Good King Charles's Golden Days



  • The last full-length play by George Bernard Shaw.First performed in 1939 at the Malvern Festival, where Shawwas patron-in-chief, it relies on dialogue, having almost no action.Subtitled A True History that Never Happened, the play presentsimaginary conversations between such historical figures as King CharlesII, Sir Isaac Newton, George Fox (the founder of the Society of Friends),and the actress Nell Gwynn. The title comes from the opening linesof the 18th-century English song, 'The Vicar of Bray':
    In Good King Charles's golden days,
    When loyalty no harm meant...