Stephen Boyd grew up on the stage, but once he came to Hollywood he did not return to the stage- except once. In mid-1967 Stephen was asked to star in a off-Broadway production of The Bashful Genius. This was a play concerning the life of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Stephen was a perfect choice since he was Irish, and he started to grow a beard for the part. The play toured in the summer of 1967. It was featured at venue’s like the Historic Elitch Theater stage in Denver Colorado, Aug 7-12, 1967 Unfortunately the play had a short run, and Stephen was back making movies. I have not been able to find any reviews of the play, but below are some nice pictures from the time it was running.
This is a rare July 1967 playbill from the out-of-town tryout of the new HAROLD CALLAN play “THE BASHFUL GENIUS” at the Playhouse in the Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The production played the Summer Stock circuit in the summer of 1967, but closed on the road failing to arrive in New York. (From Amazon.com description)