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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.
Cast & Crew
|1st Maid||Kitty-Lynne Jones|
|2nd Maid||Kathleen Moffatt|
|Alfred Doolittle||John Thaw|
|Clara Eynsford Hill||Amanda Prior|
|Colonel Pickering||Jack Watling|
|Eliza Doolittle||Jackie Smith-Wood|
|Freddy Eynsford Hill||Timothy Ackroyd|
|Mrs Eynsford Hill||Barbara Murray|
|Mrs Higgins||Joyce Carey|
|Mrs Pearce||Rona Anderson|
|Professor Higgins||Peter O’Toole|
- Added by Michael Hope.
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