Castle Players: Pygmalion
By Bernard Shaw
Shaw’s most popular and successful play has enjoyed numerous revivals and is the basis for Lerner and Loewe’s ever-popular musical, “My Fair Lady”.
“Yes, you squashed cabbage leaf…
you incarnate insult to the English language,
I could pass you off as the Queen of Sheba.”
First performed in 1912, “Pygmalion” tells the story of phonetics professor, Henry Higgins and cockney flower-girl, Eliza Doolittle. Accepting the challenge to pass Eliza off as a duchess, Higgins trains Eliza in his typically arrogant and soulless manner, showing concern for technique but not for Eliza’s developing emotional needs. Satirising both class and snobbery, the play is full of Shaw’s perceptive wit and comedy.