19:15, Sat 2nd March 2019 at Almeida Theatre
13:15, Mon 4th March 2019 at London Palladium
14:00, Wed 6th March 2019 at Random Venue 99
19:45, Fri 8th March 2019 at Crucible Theatre
20:00, Sat 9th March 2019 at Noël Coward Theatre
19:15, Mon 11th March 2019 at Gielgud Theatre
19:45, Tue 12th March 2019 at Random Venue 55
19:30, Fri 15th March 2019 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
12:30, Sun 17th March 2019 at Gielgud Theatre
19:15, Wed 20th March 2019 at Random Venue 36
Lent Week 6 to Week 9
Pygmalion is a 1912 play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character.
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 that came to life and was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.