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TITLE: Pygmalion  PLAYWRIGHT: George Bernard Shaw  PERFORMANCE DATES: 20th-22nd May 2010  DIRECTOR: Ken Davison 

CAST

Henry Higgins Hugh Dower Eliza Doolittle Nicki Clay Col. Hugh Pickering Graeme Parker Mrs Higgins / Bystander Barbara Miller Alfie Doolittle / Bystander John Catley Mrs Eynsford-Hill Barbara Hardcastle Clara Eynsford-Hill Linda Baillie Freddie Eynsford-Hill Rhys Chamberlain Mrs Pearce Jill Pearson The Parlour Maid / Bystander Kath Wilson The Constable David Lane Bystander Sadie Ashton Bystander Keith Old Click HERE for full Cast and Crew details 

SYNOPSIS

Two old gentlemen meet in the rain one night at Covent Garden. Professor Higgins is a  scientist of phonetics, and Colonel Pickering is a linguist of Indian dialects. The first  bets the other that he can, with his knowledge of phonetics, convince high London  society that, in a matter of months, he will be able to transform the cockney speaking  Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as poised and well-spoken as a  duchess. The next morning, the girl appears at his laboratory on Wimpole Street to ask  for speech lessons, offering to pay a shilling, so that she may speak properly enough to  work in a flower shop. Higgins makes merciless fun of her, but is seduced by the idea  of working his magic on her. Pickering goads him on by agreeing to cover the costs of  the experiment if Higgins can pass Eliza off as a duchess at an ambassador's garden  party. The challenge is taken, and Higgins starts by having his housekeeper bathe Eliza  and give her new clothes. Then Eliza's father Alfred Doolittle comes to demand the  return of his daughter, though his real intention is to hit Higgins up for some money. The  professor, amused by Doolittle's unusual rhetoric, gives him five pounds. On his way  out, the dustman fails to recognize the now clean, pretty flower girl as his daughter.  For a number of months, Higgins trains Eliza to speak properly. Two trials for Eliza  follow. The first occurs at Higgins' mother's home, where Eliza is introduced to the  Eynsford Hills, a trio of mother, daughter, and son. The son Freddy is very attracted to  her, and further taken with what he thinks is her affected "small talk" when she slips into  cockney. Mrs. Higgins worries that the experiment will lead to problems once it is  ended, but Higgins and Pickering are too absorbed in their game to take heed. A  second trial, which takes place some months later at an ambassador's party (and which  is not actually staged), is a resounding success. The wager is definitely won, but  Higgins and Pickering are now bored with the project, which causes Eliza to be hurt.  She throws Higgins' slippers at him in a rage because she does not know what is to  become of her, thereby bewildering him. He suggests she marry somebody. She  returns him the hired jewelry, and he accuses her of ingratitude.  The following morning, Higgins rushes to his mother, in a panic because Eliza has run  away. On his tail is Eliza's father, now unhappily rich from the trust of a deceased  millionaire who took to heart Higgins' recommendation that Doolittle was England's  "most original moralist." Mrs. Higgins, who has been hiding Eliza upstairs all along,  chides the two of them for playing with the girl's affections. When she enters, Eliza  thanks Pickering for always treating her like a lady, but threatens Higgins that she will  go work with his rival phonetician, Nepommuck. The outraged Higgins cannot help but  start to admire her. As Eliza leaves for her father's wedding, Higgins shouts out a few  errands for her to run, assuming that she will return to him at Wimpole Street. Eliza,  who has a lovelorn sweetheart in Freddy, and the wherewithal to pass as a duchess,  never makes it clear whether she will or not. 

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