How far do accents define us? Is status still dictated by our mother tongue?
Sam Pritchard directs a radical new staging of Bernard Shaw’s comedy Pygmalion, a hilarious and poignant tale of two opposites, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, trying to find a common language.
Pygmalion is a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse, Headlong and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
The full cast is Alex Beckett (Henry Higgins), Ian Burfield (Alfred Doolittle), Gavi Singh Chera (Freddy Eynsford Hill), Flaminia Cinque (Mrs Pearce/Mrs Eynsford-Hill), Natalie Gavin (Eliza Doolittle), Racheal Ofori (Clara Eynsford-Hill), Liza Sadovy (Mrs Higgins), Raphael Sowole (Colonel Pickering).
Natalie Gavin who plays Eliza trained in Drama at Huddersfield University, while Ian Burfield who plays Alfred Doolittle performed as Magwitch in Great Expectations at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016.
Shaw’s celebrated play was first staged over 100 years ago and is recognised as one of the most enduring and perceptive of comedies. In this audacious new staging, 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.
Sam Pritchard is the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court and was winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012.
Pygmalion continues Headlong’s progressive work with emerging directors, giving a director in the early stages of their career the opportunity to present work on main stages across the country. This is the third year that West Yorkshire Playhouse has partnered with Headlong, following their acclaimed co-productions of Spring Awakening in 2014 and The Glass Menagerie in 2015.
The show runs from Sat 4 – Sat 25 February in the Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse
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