Pygmalion

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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

Cast

A Bystander
Alfred Doolittle
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Clara Eynsford Hill
Colonel Pickering
Eliza Doolittle
Freddy Eynsford Hill
Mrs Eynsford Hill
Mrs Higgins
Mrs Pearce
Parlour Maid
Professor Higgins
Sarcastic Bystander

Crew

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Observations

  1. On 26th June 2015 at 12:50 a.m., EdPost noted:

    This is the cast list as found AT – http://www.sk96.de/sk_av.htm

    May 16 – November 16 (limited run), Albery Theatre, London
    Eliza Doolittle: Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw); John Dexter; Jocelyn Herbert & Andrew Sanders. Miss Rigg’s costumes by Stephen Skaptason;

    Henry Higgins: Alec McCowen;
    Clara Eynsford-Hill: Sarah Atkinson;
    Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Margaret Ward-,
    Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Anthony Naylor;
    Col. Pickering: Jack May;
    Mrs. Pearce: Hilda Fenimore;
    Alfred P. Doolittle: Bob Hoskins;
    Mrs. Higgins: Ellen Pollock

  2. On 26th June 2015 at 12:53 a.m., EdPost noted:

    Simon Maccorkindale Sarcastic Bystander. (London Début.)

  3. On 11th September 2020 at 1:39 p.m., martinbanner noted:

    I remember going with my English Literature O Level class to see this on a Saturday – I remember we had really good seats and how funny it was – I had forgotten Bob Hoskins was in it ( I was convinced it had been John Thaw!)

    Also notable was that it was one of the few school trips to a play where one of us young philistines did not get asked to leave in disgrace for talking (or for lighting up a cigarette!)

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