Alistair McGowan stars
BAFTA award-winning Alistair McGowan stars as Henry Higgins in this major new revival in a centenary year production of Shaw’s enduring masterpiece directed by Tony award-winning David Grindley.
Pygmalion is one of theatre’s most entertaining and beguiling explorations of gender and class and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady. The aristocratic and pompous Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Packed with a host of larger than life characters Pygmalion remains one of Shaw’s most popular plays and a classic British drama, full of his trademark wit, style and humour.
Alistair has established himself as a formidable actor in recent years receiving critical acclaim for several West End appearances including Little Shop of Horrors, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. Rula Lenska joins Alistair to play Mrs. Higgins and Jamie Foreman will play Alfred Doolittle. Rula is a one of our leading stage and television actors with appearances in many major TV series including her role as Claudia Colby in Coronation Street. Jamie Foreman has over thirty film credits to his name including Polanski’s Oliver Twist. His television credits include Eastenders.
By Bernard Shaw
Directed by David Grindley
This show is sponsored by WHSmith
The First Night of Pygmalion by Richard Huggett
Making full use of contemporary letters, newspaper accounts and diaries The First Night of Pygmalion recreates the events surrounding the writing, rehearsing and performing of the first English production of Bernard Shaw's most famous play Pygmalion, which opened at His Majesty's Theatre London on April 11th 1914. The production had the potentially explosive combination of Shaw as director, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Henry Higgins and Mrs Pat Campbell as Eliza Doolittle.
To mark the centenary of that production, the cast of the current touring production of Pygmalion will be giving a rehearsed reading of Richard Huggett's play on Friday 11th April 2014 at 3pm in the Circle Bar.
Everyone is invited to come, admission is free and tea and coffee will be available. A charity collection will be taken at the end.
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See what the critics think
"Bubbling wit" THE TELEGRAPH
"David Grindley's brisk production of Shaw's Pygmalion at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge features a host of convincing performances" WHATS ON STAGE
“This skillful, engaging and delightfully good-looking production” SUNDAY MIRROR
"This is a highly engaging, clear and skilful production that deserves a wide audience" THE STAGE
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With Alistair McGowan
With Jamie Foreman
With Rula Lenska
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 19:45 to Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 20:00
Mon - Thur Eve 7:45pm
Fri & Sat Eve 8:00pm
Thur & Sat Mats 2:30pm
Running times: Act 1 72mins, Interval 20mins, Act 2 53mins