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Overview


Synopsis

Pygmalion, perhaps George Bernard Shaw's best-loved play, tells the story of Professor Henry Higgins' attempts to transform the poor, Cockney flowergirl, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady by changing her speech. Shaw's romantic comedy, inspired by the Greek myth of Pygmalion -- a sculptor who falls in love with one of his works art -- is infused with social critique. Higgins hears her speaking one night as she sells flowers, and he says that, within three months, he can change her speech so dramatically that she will be accepted in the highest society. The next morning, she shows up at his door, offering to pay for lessons because she wants to run her own flower shop. The lessons go remarkably well, and Eliza successfully passes for a duchess at a ball. What Higgins has not considered is what will happen to her, once she becomes a "success". He has taught her to act like a lady, and feels that she should be pleased to have become one -- but what the lady truly desires is love and belonging, something her professor fails to give.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
4 Acts
First Produced:
1913
Genres
Comedy, Romance
Time & Place
london, england
Cast Size
medium
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult characters

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