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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||Christopher Campbell|
|Alfred Doolittle||Michael Bryant|
|Clara Eynsford-Hill||Hermione Norris|
|Colonel Pickering||Robin Bailey|
|Eliza Doolittle||Frances Barber|
|Extra||Ultan Ely O Carroll|
|Freddy Eynsford-Hill||Simon Coates|
|Henry Higgins||Alan Howard|
|Mrs Eynsford-Hill||Polly Adams|
|Mrs Higgins||Gillian Barge|
|Mrs Pearce||Alison Fiske|
|Sarcastic Bystander||Seymour Matthews|
|Second Constable||William Cox|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Paul Greaves|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Emma B Lloyd|
|Assistant to the Lighting Designer||Archie Jenkins|
|Costume Supervisor||Wendy Griffiths|
|Deputy Stage Manager||Angela Bissett|
|Design Assistant||Guy Nicholson|
|Dialect Coach||Joan Washington|
|Lighting Designer||Mark Henderson|
|Production Manager||Annie Gosney|
|Staff Director||Gemma Bodinetz|
|Stage Manager||Ernest Hall|
|Wig/Makeup Supervisor Olivier Theatre||Peter Grice|
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