19:30, Wed 14th October 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
19:15, Sat 17th October 2020 at Crucible Theatre
20:45, Tue 20th October 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
20:30, Fri 23rd October 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
19:45, Sun 25th October 2020 at Random Venue 6
19:15, Mon 26th October 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
19:45, Tue 27th October 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
19:30, Wed 28th October 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
20:00, Fri 30th October 2020 at Random Venue 85
Michaelmas Week 1 to Week 3
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.