Thursday 28 June 2007
Theatre Royal, Bath


No play Shaw ever wrote enjoyed the instant success of Pygmalion and introduced two characters of such enduring personality as Professor Henry Higgins and the Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle.

Pygmalion formed the basis of the much-loved musical My Fair Lady and has been filmed as both a play and a musical. Leslie Howard, Rex Harrison, Richard Chamberlain and Jonathan Pryce have all played the arrogant Professor of Phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can turn a Cockney flower girl into a duchess. Wendy Hiller, Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn are amongst those who have been convincingly transformed.

Henry Higgins is played by Tim Pigott-Smith, well-known for his starring television roles in The Jewel in the Crown, which brought him international recognition, and The Chief. He has performed extensively with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre and in the West End.


Michelle Dockery plays Eliza. She starred on television in the adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather and played Betty in Fingersmith. She gained rave reviews for her role in the stage version Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.