Three page letter, approx. 650 words with a handful of manuscript corrections, about the English premiere of Pygmalion, written to the actor portraying Alfred Doolittle. The letter and program, lightly soiled, old fold lines, are housed in a green cloth chemise, and half leather and green cloth slipcase.
Shaw takes Gurney severely to task and corrects the errors in frustration about that and other problems he observed in rehearsal. Shaw tells Gurney that he wrote the part of Doolittle for him and he should not let the part "[go] to the dickens" by playing it too broadly. His concerns include the actors playing Henry Higgins (Sir Herbert Tree) and Eliza (Mrs. Patrick Campbell). Of Mrs. Campbell Shaw says that it is no use his coming back to rehearsals "until Mrs. Campbell is tired of moving the furniture and begins to think about her own part a little...." The play opened a little over a month later, 11th April. A tumultuous romance played out in letters between Shaw and Mrs. Campbell for several decades.
The program, a single sheet folded in half and printed in red and black on stiff buff paper (scattered foxing), was printed by Warrington & Co. Printers, Garrick Street, April 11, 1914, and lists the cast of characters, acts and price of tickets. Laid in is a typed sheet (plus a carbon copy) of cast members, and giving dates for the first performances in Berlin, London, and New York, and a revival performance in 1920, also starring Mrs. Campbell. Item #61511