Olga Sobolev1; 1 London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
G B Shaw is commonly regarded as one of the most influential cultural figures of his age.
Known for the seeming controversy of their statements, one thing, nevertheless, remained
constant throughout the life of the British dramatist: his long-term enthusiasm for Russia, and
his firm belief that ‘the Russians would give the world back its lost soul’. The paper will
examine Shaw’s response to the October Revolution within the context of his dramatic output,
as well as its impact on the mass distribution of a special type of Russian discourse, on shifting
attitudes and breaking stereotypes in image making.