Emily Lloyd, originally cast as Eliza, pulled out of the production on Thursday 26th June. (Emily quits West End show, Aberdeen Journal 27th June 1997, page 11.)
Cast & Crew
|Alfred Doolittle||Michael Elphick|
|Clara Eynsford-Hill||Deborah Cornelius|
|Colonel Pickering||Moray Watson|
|Eliza Doolittle||Carli Norris|
|Freddy Eynsford-Hill||Matthew Whittle|
|Henry Higgins||Roy Marsden|
|Mrs Eynsford-Hill||Jan Carey|
|Mrs Higgins||Barbara Murray|
|Mrs Pearce||Marcia Warren|
|T / O Director||Ray Cooney|
|Press Representative||Cameron Duncan|
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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