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:

Stephen Connery-Brown
2019, Henry Higgins
Dickon Farmar
2019, Henry Higgins
Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Tom McCarron
Tom McCarron
Actor
2016, Professor Higgins
Theatre Royal Windsor
James Kingdon
2016, Higgins
Ingatestone Hall
Dale Savage
Dale Savage
Actor
2016, Professor Higgins
The London Theatre, New Cross.
Jonas Cemm
Jonas Cemm
Actor
2016, Henry Higgins
Shaw's Corner
Deborah C Jackson
2015, Professor Higgins
The Arts Centre Great Dunmow
Sam Gannon
Sam Gannon
Actor
2015, Henry Higgins
Chris Manning-Perry
2014, Henry Higgins
E.A.T. Bexleyheath
Rob Goll
Rob Goll
Actor
2013, Henry Higgins
Nottingham Arts Theatre
Sam Conway
Sam Conway
Actor
2013, Henry Higgins
Germany (Touring)
Peter Anderson
2013, Henry Higgins
Oaville Centre for the Arts
Justy Kosek
Justy Kosek
Actor
2013, Henry Higgins
133rd Street Blackbox, NYC
Andrew Laughton
2012, Higgins
Simon Mitelman
2012, Henry Higgins
The Workhouse Theatre
Stephen Oswald
2012, Henry Higgins
The Workhouse Theatre
Jonas Cemm
Jonas Cemm
Actor
2011, Professor Higgins
Strawberry Hill House
Liam Haynes
Liam Haynes
Actor
2011, Henry Higgins
Lester Martin Theatre
David Pustansky
2011, Henry Higgins
Grange Court Theatre
James Franklin
2011, Henry Higgins
Various International