Director: PAUL STEBBINGS
Producer: GRANTLY MARSHALL
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PYGMALION is a masterpiece of English (or Irish!) dramatic literature. Shaw explores complex
themes with a lightness of touch, warmth, and humour. Professor Higgins is a both a misogynist
monster and a blunt pursuer of truth in a world of oral hypocrisy and s class snobbery. His
attempts to transform the poor flower seller, Eliza, into a Duchess for the day are both a triumph
and a personal disaster; for the bachelor-professor comes to depend and perhaps adore his student,
whilst the student surpasses her teacher and arrives not just at an understanding of society but of
the role of women in that society. Eliza is a superb creation, a proto-feminist in a misogynist age
(so what has changed?) and a class warrior who takes no prisoners but achieves all of this with a smile.
Indeed, the play is full of wise woman and foolish men, which in the world of ‘hash tag Me Too’ is a good place to start a play.
TNT theatre, directed by Paul Stebbings, transforms this script from a mountain of words into a
dynamic and action packed social comedy. Music and above all dance and stylised movement
create an accessible and fast-moving comedy. The dance of words is transformed into the dance of
life and the audience are carried away is a dizzy whirl of laughter, love, folly, and wisdom.
In the hundred years since George Bernard Shaw wrote PYGMALION the world has changed
because our values have changed, (and mostly for the better). PYGMALION not only reflects that
change with wit and poise but has been part of that change. It remains, rightly, one of the most
performed and loved pieces of dramatic literature since Shakespeare.