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:

Katherine Lunney
2019, Eliza Doolittle
touring Europe
Alexandra Whitworth
2019, Eliza Doolittle
The Attic Theatre
Jessica Gittins
2018, Eliza Doolittle
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Sadie Tonks
Sadie Tonks
Voice Over: English
2017, Eliza Doolittle
Carrie Mcrae
Carrie Mcrae
Actor
2017, Eliza Doolittle
Sadie Tonks
Sadie Tonks
Actor
2017, Eliza Doolittle
Tirah Thompson
2016, Eliza
Pia Bouman
Joanna O'Connor
2016, Eliza
Ingatestone Hall
Ellen Ball
Ellen Ball
Actor
2016, Eliza Dolittle
Sarah Dungworth
2016, Eliza Doolittle
Theatre Royal Windsor
Lucy Peacock
Lucy Peacock
Actor
2015, Eliza Doolittle
UK Tour
Susannah Ashfield
2015, Eliza
Elizabeth Bochmann
2014, Eliza Doolittle
Estrela Hall, Lisbon
Rachel Fenwick
2014, Eliza Doolittle
Minack Theatre
Rachel Barry
Rachel Barry
Actor
2014, Eliza Doolittle
Melisa Ramadan
2014, Eliza Doolittle
Riverhouse Arts Centre
Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris
Actor
2013, Eliza Doolittle
Upton Villiage Hall
Laura Jayne Hickerton
2013, Eliza Doolittle
Lauren Baino
Lauren Baino
Actor
2013, Eliza Doolittle
Germany
Rebecca Derrick
2012, Eliza Doolittle
CHADS