Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw

Director John Tydeman introduces his production of George Bernard Shaw's classic starring Imelda Staunton and Simon Cadell.

Imelda Staunton and Simon Cadell star in George Bernard Shaw's classic play about the refinement of Eliza Doolittle.

Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.

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