Pygmalion Reviews - Garrick Theatre

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Venue Information
Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre
2 Charing Cross Road
London
London
WC2H 0HH

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(2mins) Follow Charing Cross Road parallel to Leicester Square until you reach the theatre on your left.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 12th May 2011
Booking Until: Saturday, 3rd September 2011
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Show Status: production_closed
Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 5 review(s)

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Latest Review: "Saw the show today matinee and was totally absorbed and enthralled.  Kara's transformation f..."

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    Thursday, 28th Jul 2011 by Liz Hoskin

Saw the show today matinee and was totally absorbed and enthralled.  Kara's transformation from cuttersnipe to lady was measured and believable.  Rupert Everett is mesmorising and I loved Peter Eyre's Pickering.  I can't go along with the end premis - it doesn't sit well with me although I understand that would be the only outcome for the time.  No the romantic in me leaves Elisa with Henry!  I loved it!!

    Monday, 18th Jul 2011 by Caroline Broadley

My brother, sister and I went to see Pygmalion on Saturday evening. It was marvelous. An excellent performance from Rupert Everett and other supporting actors, but an outstanding performance by Kara Tointon a stage star in the making. Well done to whoever cast her in the role.

    Saturday, 9th Jul 2011 by Val Atkinson

I went with my husband, and we were utterly captivated from the rise of the curtain.  Excellent performances by all of the cast, and Kara has moved seamlessly into a 'serious' role.  Well done to all, we loved every minute!

    Thursday, 7th Jul 2011 by P Scott

Great show, Kara Tointon, was a revelation, a star, held the audience in her hands. Comic timing perfect Diana Rigg  a1, Peter Eyre also Rupert Everett statuesque as usual, don’t miss this show.

    Saturday, 28th May 2011 by Boxoffice Review

PYGMALION is one of those plays that never leaves the West End for long.  Whether it is in it’s musical guise (the multi award winning MY FAIR LADY - the famous movie version of which starred Rex Harrison and Audery Hepburn) or the recent revival directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Old Vic Theatre a few short years ago (starring Tim Piggot-Smith and Michelle Dockery - who has since gone on to star in Downton Abbey) the play has a quality to it that continues to pull in theatre goers 98 years after it was written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Having made a bet that he can transform the speech and manners of any commoner to fit in with high society, Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins has perhaps bitten off a little more than he can chew when he is faced with the task of transforming a Covent Garden flower girl called Eliza Doolittle from a loud mouthed Cockney into a woman of sophistication and elegance.

This production stars Rupert Everett as a somewhat younger and darker Higgins than we may have been used to in the past.  He is a brooding presence and plays on the arrogance of the man who believes he can teach anyone the ways of society in an almost scientific fashion.  His Eliza is the quite brilliant Kara Tointon of Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing fame.  I have never seen her on stage before but I hope we will see more of her in future.  She has charm and presence to spare and completely drew me in to Eliza’s story and handles the plays most famous scene, the brilliantly funny tea party, superbly well as she becomes more and more animated as the scene goes on. 

She, however, cannot completely save the production from the lack of charm it exudes.  I find Everett’s performance as Higgins a little hard to take.  At times it feels forced and self serving to the actor rather than the character or the story.  The production itself lacks the charm of Hall’s version at the Old Vic.  While I am all for different takes on classic plays, I did feel that some of the stronger aspects of the play - Eliza being angered to the point of rejecting Higgins - were no where near as powerful as they should have been.

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