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:

Freddy Gaffney
2017, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
The Questors Theatre
Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas
Actor
2016, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Shaw's Corner
Sam Claridge
Sam Claridge
Actor
2016, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Ram Gupta
Ram Gupta
Actor
2016, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
The City Theatre
Charlie Abrahams
2016, Freddy
The Stables Theatre
Benjamin May
Benjamin May
Actor
2016, Freddy
The London Theatre New cross
Chris Kiely
Chris Kiely
Actor
2016, Freddy
Gary Francis Roche
2015, Freddy
The Poor School
Gary Francis Roche
Gary Francis Roche
Casting Assistant
2015, Freddy
The Workhouse Theatre
Jack Sargent
Jack Sargent
Actor
2015, Freddy
Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth
Tim Gibson
Tim Gibson
Actor
2015, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Vienna's English Theatre
Nathan Hawthorne
2013, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Midlands Arts Centre
Tom Greet
Tom Greet
Actor
2012, Freddie Eynsford-Hill
Rottingdean Village Hall
Graham Dron
Graham Dron
Actor
2011, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Middlesbrough Theatre
Adam Seigel
Adam Seigel
Actor
2011, Freddie
Grange Court Theatre
Mark Hammersley
2011, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Garrick Theatre, London
Kris Haddow
Kris Haddow
Actor
2005, Freddy Eynsford-Hill
East Kilbride Village Theatre
James Webster
2005, Freddy
Kirk Moore
Kirk Moore
Actor
2001, Freddy
Repertory Theatre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Alexander Giles
2000, Freddy
ADG World Tour