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London; early 20th century. When phonetics professor Henry Higgins happens upon cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle on a street corner in Covent Garden, he claims he could pass her off as a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party. Little does he know the effect this decision will have on the course of her life, as well as his. Over the next six months, Eliza undergoes intense training to walk, talk and behave like a duchess, much to the admiration and confusion of those around them. In this radical transformation from cockney working class girl to high-society lady, the question soon arises of what is to be done with her afterwards…

This comedy about the absurdities of the English class system remains a literary classic beloved by audiences around the world.



George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin and moved to London in 1876. He was an incredibly prolific writer, critic, polemic, and activist, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925  and producing more than sixty plays in his lifetime. Influenced by playwrights such as Ibsen and Chekov, he sought to inject his work with a new realism and use his plays as vehicles for discussion on topics such as politics and religion. He completed Pygmalion in early 1912, and it remains his most popular play. He was greatly inspired by the work of several British phoneticians including Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini and in particular the famously irascible Henry Sweet. After being performed in Vienna and New York, Pygmalion premiered in London in 1914 in a production directed by Shaw. He remained an outspoken and controversial figure until his death in 1950.

The Cast

Eliza Doolittle: Naomi Jacobs

Henry Higgins: Colin Simmonds

Colonel Pickering: Martin Tedd

Alfred Doolittle: Ray Stafford

Mrs Higgins: Skye Witney

Mrs Pearce/Mrs Eynsford-Hill: Liz Plumpton

Clara Eynsford-Hill: Ella-Louise McMullan

Freddy Eynsford-Hill: Jordan Bird

Maid/Chorus: Nicole Poole

Chorus: Mia Harvey, Molly Hines, Jennifer Castillo


The Production Team

Director: James David Knapp

Costume Design: Stewart Snape

Lighting Design: James Booth

Sound Design: Ray Duddin 

Props: Jackie Blackwood & Jennifer Castillo

Assistant Director/Production Assistant: Jess Shannon

Stage Manager: Sue Haynes

Deputy Stage Manager: Alan Bull

Studio Set Design: James David Knapp

Photography: Graeme Braidwood (Graeme Braidwood Photography)