“Our production of PYGMALION has (by a not-so-curious chance) coincided with the first rush for tickets for MY FAIR LADY at Drury Lane.” ‘Curtain Up’ vol 17 no 4, 14th October 1957
Cast & Crew
|Alfred Doolittle||Wally Patch|
|Clara Eynsford-Hill||Sherlie Dane|
|Colonel Pickering||Bernard Warwick|
|Eliza Doolittle||Geraldine McEwan|
|Freddy Eynsford-Hill||Jeremy Longhurst|
|Henry Higgins||Peter Gray|
|Mrs Eynsford-Hill||Elizabeth McKeowen|
|Mrs Higgins||Jane Eccles|
|Mrs Pearce||Barbara Cochran|
|Parlour Maid||Muriel Ridley|
|Sarcastic Bystander||Cyril Douglas|
- Added by Jared William.
Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913.
Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women’s independence.
In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life.
Shaw mentioned that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by several British professors of phonetics: Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, but above all, the cantankerous Henry Sweet.
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