11 minutes ago
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
The background is that Churchill and playwright Bernard Shaw enjoyed a mutual antipathy which went way beyond politics - the playwright was profoundly socialist, while Churchill, at around this time in his early political career (1914) was hopping back and forth between the Conservative and Liberal parties.
The London premiere of Shaw's latest play was a major event and Churchill was already a prominent politician by this time.
Thus, in telegrams:-
GBS to Churchill: "Two tickets reserved for you, first night Pygmalion. Bring a friend. If you have one."
C's reply: "Cannot make first night. Will come to second. If you have one."
( Sounds like a case of 'handbags at dawn'!)