The Windsor Theatre Company’s 1140th production.
Thirty years earlier, in April 1939, the same play at the same theatre featured Elizabeth Counsell’s mother, Mary Kerridge, in the same role [qv].
Cast & Crew
|Alfred Doolittle||Arthur Lovegrove|
|Clara Eynsford-Hill||Diana Buckley|
|Colonel Pickering||Anthony Woodruff|
|Eliza Doolittle||Elizabeth Counsell|
|Freddy Eynsford-Hill||Christopher Good|
|Henry Higgins||Gerald Harper|
|Mrs Eynsford-Hill||Judith Fellows|
|Mrs Higgins||Barbara Cochran|
|Mrs Pearce||Barbara Ogilvie|
|Production Manager||Cyril Gates|
|Stage Manager||John Mould|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Elizabeth Ashwell|
|Wardrobe Mistress||Elizabeth Helman|
- Added by Jared William.
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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