Audiences in the West End will soon have another chance to follow Henry Higgins as he tries to make a fair lady of Eliza Doolittle when George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” returns to the stage. Transferring from the Chichester Festival Theatre, where it starred Rupert Everett as the famous fictional phonetics professor, it makes its way this time to the Garrick Theatre where it will run from May to September 2011. Everett makes a triumphant return and this time he is also joined by former “EastEnders” actress Kara Tointon as the cockney flower girl Doolittle.
Tointon’s casting as Eliza Doolittle has been quite the talking point when it was revealed in March. After all, the actress has recently been seen on screens in the UK on the popular television talent contest “Strictly Come Dancing”, which she won in 2010, and her career has seen her take on an array of well known television programmes over the last decade. So those with theatre tickets will recognise an actress previously seen in “Mile High”, “The Bill”, “Teachers” and “Dream Team”, among others, pus appearances in pantomimes such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in Bristol.
So in “Pygmalion” she steps into the role of Eliza Doolittle, the girl that is taken on by Professor Henry Higgins as he attempts to transform her from a cockney flower girl into a fair lady of impeccable speech. By using his knowledge of phonetics he hopes to be able to pass her off as a respectable Duchess and only time will tell if he can pull it off.
Rupert Everett, portraying Higgins, makes his way to the Garrick having previously starred in the Chichester Festival Theatre version of the show. His career has also seen him appear in various movies, from his breakout appearance in “Another Country” in the early 1980s to further roles in the likes of “Shrek II”, “St Trinian’s”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and in a Broadway production of Blithe Spirit alongside Angela Lansbury (an actress that producers of “Pygmalion” hoped to secure ahead of its latest London theatre incarnation).
So “Pygmalion” is not a show that audiences will want to miss, with Everett and Tointon appearing alongside one another and further cast members that include Peter Eyre. When “The Hurly Burly Show” packs up shop at the Garrick in May the stage will therefore be set for the triumphant return of a classic show.
Pygmalion is set to run at the Garrick Theatre from Thursday 12th May 2011 to Saturday 3rd September 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 12th May 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 3rd September 2011|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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