Pygmalion is the play that inspired the musical ‘My Fair Lady’. It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a poor young flower girl condemned to live in poverty because of her appearance and the dialect she speaks.
The snobbish and intellectual Professor of languages, Henry Higgins, makes a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can take this flower girl from the gutters and pass her off as a society lady.
Eliza decides to undertake language lessons from the acclaimed Professor Higgins in order to gain the respect of others and improve her overall status in life. The outcome of her training is not what anyone anticipated …
This classic, witty and entertaining play demonstrates Bernard-Shaw’s great sarcasm and humour while making important social commentary.
Pygmalion will be performed at Lowther Pavilion from 22-25 March 2023. To book tickets please follow THIS LINK
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In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Pygmalion was a Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory. According to Ovid, when Pygmalion saw the prostitutes of Cyprus, he began "detesting the faults beyond measure which nature has given to women”. He determined to remain celibate and to occupy himself with sculpting. He made a sculpture of a woman that he found so perfect he fell in love with it. Pygmalion kisses the sculpture, brings it various gifts, and creates a sumptuous bed for it. Pygmalion married the ivory sculpture, which changed into a woman under Aphrodite's blessing.