Diana Rigg Joins Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre
Renowned Actress Cast Alongside Rupert Everett and Kara Tointon in the Chichester Transfer
News concerning the Garrick Theatre’s Pygmalion, a transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre, continues to emerge ahead of its May start-date with the announcement that Dame Diana Rigg will be portraying Henry Higgins’ mother. Her casting should ensure further interest from London theatre fans as she stars in a show that already features actors such as Rupert Everett, who starred in the original production, and Kara Tointon, who was announced at the beginning of March.
“Pygmalion” originally ran at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2010 and upon its West End transfer many names were rumoured for lead roles, including Angela Lansbury, but the cast heading to the Garrick in fact includes Marty Cruickshank, Peter Sandys Clarke and Roberta Taylor, in addition to the already mentioned three.
George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” is a well known play that was famously adapted into the musical “My Fair Lady”. It in we meet Henry Higgins, a phonetic professor who makes an unusual wager with a Colonel Pickering; he bets that he can take the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and pass her off as a respectable duchess. All that he has to do is use his vast knowledge of phonetics to teach her how to communicate with impeccable speech. Since it was first penned in 1912 countless audiences with Theatre Tickets have witness the compelling story as Henry Higgins attempts to complete his task.
Dame Diana Rigg is a respected actress who has appeared in various stage shows over the years and has also made a name for herself with countless appearances onscreen. Her London theatre credits include stints with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1950s and 1960s, plus more recent appearances in “Honour” at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2006, “All About My Mother” at The Old Vic in 2007 and “Hay Fever” at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2009. Meanwhile, for the screen, she has starred in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “The Avengers”, “A Little Night Music” and “The Painted Veil”.
Pygmalion runs at the Garrick from Thursday 12th May 2011 until Saturday 3rd September 2011.