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Ended 3 Sep 2011 after 3 months

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A beautifully structured play of infinite subtlety

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Closed 3 Sep 2011

What you are to do without me I cannot imagine!

George Bernard Shaw's classic and much loved play is revived in Philip Prowse's Chichester success, now transferred to the Garrick Theatre. Rupert Everett takes on the role of Higgins, with Dancing on Ice winner Kara Tointon playing the cockney misfit, Elisa Doolittle. They are joined by the great Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs Higgins.

What is Pygmalion About?

One evening in Covent Garden Professor Higgins finds himself intrigued by a young cockney flower girl, and in particular, her accent. It's a hobby of his to try and pinpoint, within a London street or two, the exact origins of any dialect. There he meets Colonel Pickering, an expert and author on Sanskrit. Higgins boastfully claims that he could transform the flower girl into a woman who could pass as a duchess. Pickering is not convinced however.

The following day Higgins and Pickering discuss each other's work when Eliza arrives. She'd overheard Higgins' claim and would like to pay for lessons. Higgins is dismissive, he's far too busy to involve himself in such a trivial pursuit, and besides, she could not afford his services. Pickering offers Higgins a wager - he's made such claims, he ought to back them up. Amused by the idea, Higgins agrees, and so he begins the transformation of Eliza - but it turns out not to be as easy or straightforward as he'd initially thought!

Did You Know?

The famous phrase "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain" doesn't actually feature in Pygmalion nor was written by George Bernard Shaw. It was in fact written by the lyricist Alan Jay Learner for My Fair Lady, the musical adaptation of Pygmalion.

Additional Information


Previews from: 12 May 2011

Opening night: 25 May 2011

Closing night: 3 September 2011


Suitable for ages 12 and up

Run time

Two hours and 10 minutes

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And before you stop reading

Important Information:
From the 15th August until the 3rd September Alistair McGowan will play the role of Henry Higgins.

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What You Say

3 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)

Angela Holding: “Wonderful Theatrical Experience”

Both my party and everyone around us thoroughly enjoyed this production. Th... more

Sarah: “Star Studded By Still Missing A Star”

Rupert Everett in the role of Professor Henry Higgins was (to my suprise) u... more

Anonymous: “Pygmalion”

I very much wanted to see this play and I was pleased I managed to see it... more

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