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Pygmalion - Melbourne Theatre Company Athenaeum Theatre 1977

by Bernard Shaw

  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.

Pygmalion Cast - Roy Baldwin, Sally Cahill, Simon Chilvers, Moira Claux, Peter Curtain, Gary Down, Sandy Gore, Edward Hepple, Robert Hewett, Jackie Kelleher, Freaderick Parslow, Beverley Phillips, Mary Ward

Director - Ray Lawler
Designer - Hugh Colman

Lighting - Jamie Lewis


Souvenir Program Date 1977

Size 115 x 250 mm also includes 1 Newspaper Reviews from 1977

Condition: Used 8/10

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