Pygmalion (Apr 1946)
Gertrude Lawrence, Raymond Massey
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts (1912) is a play by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a comment on women's independence, packaged as a romantic comedy. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the creator of a sculpture which came to life and was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story in 1871, called Pygmalion and Galatea. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed.
Cast - Gertrude Lawrence,Raymond Massey, Melville Cooper, Cecil Humphreys, Katherine Emmet, Anita Bolster.
Playbill/Program Date Apr 1946 Run: Dec 26, 1945 - Jun 1, 1946 (Revival / Broadway)
Size 215 x 135 mm Pages 46 Condition: Used Good 7/10 (Please Note scans are low res for fast loading)
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