Plays Directory : Pygmalion

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    George Bernard Shaw
  • Overview
    Pygmalion is the story of a wager between a phonetics and linguistics expert (Prof. Higgins) and his friend (Colonel Pickering) that he is so proficient at languages he can take a working class, cockney-speaking flower-girl (Eliza Doolittle) and pass her off as aristocracy. He duly rises to the challenge, taking Eliza in and tutoring her in Received Pronunciation. During the process, the two develop a dysfunctional love/hate relationship. Eliza begins to rise above her origins as the world Higgins introduces her to expands her horizons. She meets a young man, Freddy, who is charmed by her proper accent coupled with improper speech. Higgins finally wins his wager at a society function, at which everybody fails to guess Eliza's true origins. The bet over, Higgins and Pickering consider this the end of the matter, unfortunately forgetting the feelings of Eliza in the process. She is feeling displaced, unable to return to the working class society from which she was plucked, and does not now know what to make of her life. After staging a running away (she is in fact hiding upstairs, protected by the housekeeper, Mrs Higgins, who has been appalled at the way Eliza has been treated), Eliza becomes a new woman in her own right when she asserts herself, threatening to leave and work with Higgins's enemy. She leaves, and the play ends on an ambiguous note; we do not know what Eliza's final decision is; whether she marries Freddy or returns to the Professor is left to the audience to decide.

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4 known characters

7 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Florence Taee
Florence Taee
Lighting Operator
2020, Lighting Operator and Assistant Lighting
Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Rikki Wright
Rikki Wright
Actor
2019, Colonel Pickering
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Stephen Connery-Brown
2019, Henry Higgins
Dawn Bush
Dawn Bush
Actor
2019, Mrs Pearce/Mrs Eynsford-Hill
The Attic Theatre
Rebecca Kilburn
2019, Clara
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Kevin Furness
2019, Alfred Doolittle
Tower Theatre- Stoke Newington
William Hayes
2019, Alfred Doolittle
Attic Theatre Stratford Upon Avon
Dickon Farmar
2019, Henry Higgins
Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Alexandra Whitworth
2019, Eliza Doolittle
The Attic Theatre
Andrew Cullimore
2018, Prof. Henry Higgins
Catherine Mary
2018, Mrs Pearce
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Devon Bryan
Devon Bryan
Actor
2018, Alfred Doolittle
Guild Park
Ashlie White
Ashlie White
Actor
2018, Mrs Eynsford-Hill
Angela Kemp
Angela Kemp
Sound Engineer
2018, Sound Operator and Sound Design
Droylsden Little Theatre
David John Phillips
2018, Colonel Pickering
Jessica Gittins
2018, Eliza Doolittle
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Amy Evans
Amy Evans
Actor
2018, Clara Eynsford-Hill
Droylsden Little Theatre
Carmen Rodriguez
2017, Mrs Higgins
English Theatre Frankfurt
Ellis J. Wells
2017, Colonel Pickering
Tour of Italy
Natasha Davidson
2017, Clara
Oldham Coliseum