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George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion Updated For 21st Century By Headlong At Playhouse

A RADICAL new version of the classic text, Pygmalion, will be at the Playhouse this spring. George Bernard Shaw’s acute comedy is a hilarious and poignant tale of two opposites, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, trying to find a common language. The production runs at the Williamson Square venue from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 March.

Over one hundred years after it was written, Headlong explore one of the most celebrated comedies of the early 1900s. In this audacious new staging, director Sam Pritchard playfully carves a contemporary world on stage using sound and video technology which examines class identity and questions how far accents and speech can define us in Britain today.

The iconic Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are brought into the 21st Century whilst retaining all the elements of Shaw’s original story. Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a scruffy flower girl Eliza Doolittle to pass as a Duchess at an Ambassador’s garden party by training her to change her accent.

Director Sam Pritchard said: “I think we have told ourselves at various points in our history that class is dead and that the way you speak doesn’t matter to your life chances in modern Britain. But I’m not so sure that’s true. We’re still entangled in how money, accent and what we say shape our identity and our place in the world.”

Dates:                                                    Tue 7 – Sat 11 March
Times:                                                   7:30pm (except Wed 8 March)
Twilight:                                                5:30pm on Wed 8 March
Matinées:                                              1:30pm on Thurs 9 Mar & 2pm on Sat 11 Mar
Tickets:                                                 £10 – £30*
Box Office:                                            0151 709 4776
Online booking (24-hour):  

*A single transaction fee of £2 applies to all phone, counter and internet bookings. Cash payments are exempt from any transaction fees.



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