Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre

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A new London production of Pygmalion starring Rupert Everett as Professor Henry Higgins and Kara Tointon as Eliza Doolittle has just opened at the Garrick Theatre. 

This much-loved play tells the story of the egocentric Professor Higgins who makes a bet to turn Eliza, a poor illiterate flower girl, into a lady who can pass as a duchess in six months.

I was looking forward to seeing the play, which inspired the classic musical My Fair Lady. It was much funnier and more thought-provoking than I expected. The themes of social class and London society in the early 1900s are still interesting to observe.

The performances are fantastic, most notably that of Kara Tointon who captures the character of Eliza Doolittle (with a touch of Audrey Hepburn) extremely well and is a joy to watch. Rupert Everett is excellent, as is Diana Rigg who plays his long-suffering mother.

Pygmalion is at the Garrick Theatre until 3 September 2011. Book tickets


  1. What’s remarkable abou this play is that many of its themes are still as relevant today as they were in George Bernard Shaw’s time. And Kara Tointon gives a terrific performance and I hope this is the beginning of a successful theatre career for her.