At the time Britain was still the richest trading nation in the world, beer was 2p a pint and George Bernard Shaw's new play, Pygmalion, opened with Mrs Patrick Campbell
as Eliza and Sir Herbert Tree as Professor Higgins.
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the original actor who played Higgins, was so nervous about it that ten minutes before the first curtain (in 1914) he went down and asked Mrs Patrick Campbell
(who was playing Eliza) if she could possibly do the scene without using the word bloody.
These included Mrs Patrick Campbell
, Dame Sybil Thorndyke, Noel Coward, Rex Harrison, Michael Redgrave, Robert Donat and Rachael Lawrence.
During her 51 years at the Playhouse, Maud had seen it all, including performances by Mrs Patrick Campbell
, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Noel Coward, Rex Harrison, Michael Redgrave, Robert Donat and Rachael Lawrence.