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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
|A Bystander||Dennis Handby|
|Alfred Doolittle||Bob Hoskins|
|Clara Eynsford Hill||Sarah Atkinson|
|Colonel Pickering||Jack May|
|Eliza Doolittle||Diana Rigg|
|Freddy Eynsford Hill||Anthony Naylor|
|Mrs Eynsford Hill||Margaret Ward|
|Mrs Higgins||Ellen Pollock|
|Mrs Pearce||Hilda Fenemore|
|Parlour Maid||Melanie Peck|
|Professor Higgins||Alec McCowen|
|Sarcastic Bystander||Simon Maccorkindale|
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
Simon Maccorkindale Sarcastic Bystander. (London Début.)
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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