February 1987 Production - "Pygmalion" by G.B. Shaw
Bernhard Shaw's Pygmalion24/25/26/27 February 1987
Director: Richard Levitt
Venue: Gymnasium Bäumlihof, Basel
24/25/26/27 February 1987
Ziegler made during the Dress Rehearsals and one Performance
beautiful sketches, then added quotes from the play and printed 40
examples on A4 - a memento for all people who took part
a typically English evening a crowd of people are sheltering in the
porch of St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, where a strange man is taking
down notes on everybody. This is, of course, Professor Henry Higgins.
Higgins meets Colonel Pickering, who is also an expert on language. In
the crowd is Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower-girl, and a turmoil
ensues as Higgins criticizes her and others for their incorrect speech.
Eliza overhears Higgins claim to Pickering that he could create a
duchess out of her.
Eliza turns up at Higgins' house and asks him to teach her to "talk like a lady in a flower shop". Higgins takes her in, much to the chagrin of Mrs Pearce, his housekeeper. Alfred Doolittle now appears on the scene and tries to get money from Higgins, as compensation for losing his daughter. Higgins and Pickering realize that they have much to do.
mother is giving an "at home" afternoon and is expecting the
Eynsford-Hills, who were also among the crowd sheltering in Covent
Garden. Henry arranges for Eliza to be invited, to test her out in
society for the first time. She behaves beautifully but, although her
diction has been greatly improved, her vocabulary has remained that of a
Cockney flower-girl, which rather puzzles the other guests. Freddy
Eynsford-Hill takes an immediate fancy to Eliza. Mrs Higgins scolds
Colonel Pickering and her son for their treatment of the girl.
After the ball, Higgins, Pickering and Eliza return home. The two men gloat over their success. A scene now follows in which Eliza vents her feelings: she has won the evening, but gets no recognition from them. She leaves the house and meets Freddy, who proposes to her.
is seemingly lost without Eliza. He finds her at his mother's home.
Alfred Doolittle appears again. He is now a wealthy man and is about to
mary Eliza's sixth "stepmother". Eliza declares herself a free woman and
Higgins shows real feelings towards her. Everyone goes off to
Doolittle's wedding, leaving Higgins alone in the house . . .