George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is one of theatre’s most entertaining explorations of sexual politics and class restrictions.
Egocentric Professor of Phonetics, Henry Higgins, makes a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and pass her off as a society lady.
Pygmalion is one of the most popular of George Bernard Shaw’s plays, full of his trademark wit, style and provocative insights, as well as a beguiling and enduring humour. His other work includes Mrs Warren’s Profession, Arms And The Man, Candida and You Never Can Tell.
In this production of Pygmalion, Higgins is played by British star of stage and screen Rupert Everett, whose film work includes the St Trinian’s movies, An Ideal Husband, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Another Country.
Actress Kara Tointon, who plays Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, is best known for her long-running role as Dawn in EastEnders and for winning the 2010 series of celebrity ballroom contest Strictly Come Dancing.