Pygmalion - Old Vic Oct

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Old Vic, London
Booking to 28 October 2023
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★★★★★ “Tremendous” – The Observer

Starring Olivier Award winners Patsy Ferran & Bertie Carvel

An explosive new production of George Bernard Shaw’s much-loved drama Pygmalion is revived at The Old Vic theatre this autumn.

A stellar cast includes Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) as Professor Henry Higgins, and Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran (A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke) as Eliza Doolittle.

Richard Jones (Endgame, The Hairy Ape) directs George Bernard Shaw’s riotously funny, biting and subversive satire on class.

Pygmalion will play at The Old Vic from 6 September to 28 October 2023.

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What's the story of Pygmalion?

Eliza Doolittle aspires to more than selling flowers on the streets of Covent Garden. 

After a chance meeting with Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering, she finds herself the subject of a rash bet to pass her off as a lady amongst the great and the good of London society.   

Who is in the cast of Pygmalion?

The cast features Bertie Carvel (Professor Henry Higgins) and Patsy Ferran (Eliza Doolittle) are Lizzy Connolly (Clara Eynsford Hill), Grace Cookey-Gam (Mrs Eynsford Hill), Steven Dykes (Ensemble), Michael Gould(Colonel Pickering), Liz Jadav (Ensemble), Penny Layden (Mrs Pearce), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mrs Higgins), John Marquez (Alfred Doolittle), Taheen Modak (Freddy Eynsford Hill), Caroline Moroney (Ensemble), Rohan Rakhit (Ensemble) and Kieran Smith (Aristid Karpathy).

Who are the creative team of Pygmalion?

Directed by Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Endgame).

Pygmalion will feature Design by Stewart Laing (The Hairy Ape, Titanic), Lighting by Adam Silverman (Endgame, Màm), Sound by Tony Gayle (Sylvia, My Neighbour Totoro), Composition & Arrangement by Will Stuart (A Christmas Carol, My Neighbour Totoro), Movement by Sarah Fahie (Endgame, Alcina), Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG, Dialect by William Conacher, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, Costume Supervision by Sarah Bowern and Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Supervision by Keisha-Paris Banya.


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Reviews of Pygmalion

★★★★★ "Patsy Ferran and Bertie Carvel are delightfully word-perfect in Richard Jones’s first-rate Shaw revival" - The Observer
★★★★ "Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran are fabulous" - The Sunday Times
★★★★ "Patsy Ferran and Bertie Carvel’s version feels magnificently modern" - i News
"Extraordinary central performances from Patsy Ferran and Bertie Carvel" - The Evening Standard
"Patsy Ferran’s charisma shines bright" - The Independent
"Patsy Ferran is a brilliant Eliza Doolittle" - The Telegraph
"This Shaw revival has wonderful moments" - The Guardian

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 28 October 2023
Age restrictions
12+
Running time
2 hours 10 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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Access Performances:

Captioned: Fri 13 Oct, 7.30pm; Relaxed (also audio described and captioned): Sat 14 Oct, 2.30pm; Audio described: Mon 16 Oct, 7.30pm (Touch Tour: 5.30pm); BSL: Fri 20 Oct, 7.30pm


Venue Information

Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
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Pygmalion Reviews – The Old Vic
Richard Jones's new production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion has opened at The Old Vic starring Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran, and reviews are coming in from the critics. Richard Jones has combined George Bernard Shaw’s original 1913 play text with Shaw's 1938 film screenplay for this new production, a play which was the basis for classic musical My Fair Lady.  A stand-out cast includes Patsy Ferran (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Eliza Doolittle, alongside Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) as Professor Henry Higgins, Michael Gould as Colonel Pickering, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Mrs Higgins, John Marquez as Alfred Doolittle, Taheen Modak as Freddy Eynsford Hill, Penny Layden as Mrs Pearce, plus Lizzy Connolly (Clara Eynsford Hill), Grace Cookey-Gam (Mrs Eynsford Hill), Steven Dykes (Ensemble), Liz Jadav (Ensemble), Caroline Moroney (Ensemble), Rohan Rakhit (Ensemble) and Kieran Smith (Aristid Karpathy). [ngg src="galleries" ids="1316" display="basic_thumbnail"] Alongside director Richard Jones, the creative team of Pygmalion also includes Design by Stewart Laing (The Hairy Ape, Titanic), Lighting by Adam Silverman (Endgame, Màm), Sound by Tony Gayle (Sylvia, My Neighbour Totoro), Composition & Arrangement by Will Stuart (A Christmas Carol, My Neighbour Totoro), Movement by Sarah Fahie (Endgame, Alcina), Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG, Dialect by William Conacher, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, Costume Supervision by Sarah Bowern and Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Supervision by Keisha-Paris Banya. George Bernard Shaw's classic tale centres on Eliza Doolittle , a Covent Garden flower seller who aspires to greater things. After a chance meeting with Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering, she finds herself the subject of a rash bet to pass her off as a lady amongst the great and the good of London society.    Read reviews from the Evening Standard, Times and more, with further reviews to be added. Pygmalion is playing at The Old Vic until 28 October 2023. Book tickets to Pygmalion tickets at The Old Vic
Pygmalion at The Old Vic – in pictures
Production photos have been released by The Old Vic for their revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion starring Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran. The play is directed by Richard Jones, and is playing at The Old Vic until 28 October 2023. The cast of Pygmalion stars Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) as Professor Henry Higgins and Patsy Ferran (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Eliza Doolittle, alongside Michael Gould as Colonel Pickering, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Mrs Higgins, John Marquez as Alfred Doolittle, Taheen Modak as Freddy Eynsford Hill, Penny Layden as Mrs Pearce, plus Lizzy Connolly (Clara Eynsford Hill), Grace Cookey-Gam (Mrs Eynsford Hill), Steven Dykes (Ensemble), Liz Jadav (Ensemble), Caroline Moroney (Ensemble), Rohan Rakhit (Ensemble) and Kieran Smith (Aristid Karpathy). The creative team includes Direction by Richard Jones, Design by Stewart Laing (The Hairy Ape, Titanic), Lighting by Adam Silverman (Endgame, Màm), Sound by Tony Gayle (Sylvia, My Neighbour Totoro), Composition & Arrangement by Will Stuart (A Christmas Carol, My Neighbour Totoro), Movement by Sarah Fahie (Endgame, Alcina), Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG, Dialect by William Conacher, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, Costume Supervision by Sarah Bowern and Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Supervision by Keisha-Paris Banya. Following Pygmalion, The Old Vic will revive its annual festive treat Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, running from 11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024 starring Christopher Eccleston. Book tickets to Pygmalion tickets at The Old Vic Photos: Pygmalion Photos by Manuel Harlan [ngg src="galleries" ids="1316" display="pro_tile"]
Pygmalion at The Old Vic starring Bertie Carvel & Patsy Ferran – behind-the-scenes rehearsal photos
Photos are in from rehearsals for the forthcoming The Old Vic revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Directed by Richard Jones, Pygmalion starts its run at The Old Vic on 6 September 2023, playing to 28 October 2023. The behind-the-scenes photos by Manuel Harlan reveal Pygmalion stars Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) as Professor Henry Higgins and Patsy Ferran (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Eliza Doolittle rehearsing for the play. The first-rate cast also includes Michael Gould as Colonel Pickering, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Mrs Higgins, John Marquez as Alfred Doolittle, Taheen Modak as Freddy Eynsford Hill, Penny Layden as Mrs Pearce, plus Lizzy Connolly (Clara Eynsford Hill), Grace Cookey-Gam (Mrs Eynsford Hill), Steven Dykes (Ensemble), Liz Jadav (Ensemble), Caroline Moroney (Ensemble), Rohan Rakhit (Ensemble) and Kieran Smith (Aristid Karpathy). The creative team joining Richard Jones include Design by Stewart Laing (The Hairy Ape, Titanic), Lighting by Adam Silverman (Endgame, Màm), Sound by Tony Gayle (Sylvia, My Neighbour Totoro), Composition & Arrangement by Will Stuart (A Christmas Carol, My Neighbour Totoro), Movement by Sarah Fahie (Endgame, Alcina), Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG, Dialect by William Conacher, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, Costume Supervision by Sarah Bowern and Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Supervision by Keisha-Paris Banya. Tim Minchin musical Groundhog Day starring Andy Karl is now in its final week at The Old Vic, running to 12 August 2023. This Christmas at The Old Vic sees the return of their hit production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, from 11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024, this year starring Christopher Eccleston. Book tickets to Pygmalion tickets at The Old Vic Photos: Pygmalion in rehearsals Photos by Manuel Harlan [ngg src="galleries" ids="1263" display="pro_tile"]
Full cast & creative announced for Pygmalion at the Old Vic
The Old Vic theatre in London has announced the full cast and creative team of their major revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion this autumn, starring Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) and Patsy Ferran (A Streetcar Named Desire). Joining previously announced Bertie Carvel (Professor Henry Higgins) and Patsy Ferran (Eliza Doolittle) are Lizzy Connolly (Clara Eynsford Hill), Grace Cookey-Gam (Mrs Eynsford Hill), Steven Dykes (Ensemble), Michael Gould (Colonel Pickering), Liz Jadav (Ensemble), Penny Layden (Mrs Pearce), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mrs Higgins), John Marquez (Alfred Doolittle), Taheen Modak (Freddy Eynsford Hill), Caroline Moroney (Ensemble), Rohan Rakhit (Ensemble) and Kieran Smith (Aristid Karpathy). The creative team joining director Richard Jones is also announced today. Pygmalion will feature Design by Stewart Laing (The Hairy Ape, Titanic), Lighting by Adam Silverman (Endgame, Màm), Sound by Tony Gayle (Sylvia, My Neighbour Totoro), Composition & Arrangement by Will Stuart (A Christmas Carol, My Neighbour Totoro), Movement by Sarah Fahie (Endgame, Alcina), Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG, Dialect by William Conacher, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, Costume Supervision by Sarah Bowern and Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Supervision by Keisha-Paris Banya. The production is the first show to be announced in The Old Vic's 2023/2024 season. Sylvia starring Beverley Knight completed its run at the theatre last Saturday; and The Old Vic's revival of hit Tim Minchin musical Groundhog Day starring Andy Karl kicks off on 20 May 2023, running to 12 August 2023. Pygmalion will play at The Old Vic from 06 September – 28 October 2023 with a press performance on Tuesday 19 September and will be the first show of The Old Vic’s 2023/2024 season.   Also playing during the summer at The Old Vic is kid's show Mog The Forgetful Cat (11 to 29 July 2023), and this Christmas sees the return of their hit production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024). Recent West End productions of Pygmalion include a Chichester Festival Theatre production which transferred to the Garrick Theatre in 2011 starring Rupert Everett, Kara Tointon, and Dame Diana Rigg. The play's West End premiere took place at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1914 starring Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Mrs Patrick Campbell. Book tickets to Pygmalion tickets at The Old Vic
The Old Vic to stage Pygmalion starring Patsy Ferran & Bertie Carvel
The Old Vic theatre will stage a major new revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion this autumn, starring Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) and Patsy Ferran (A Streetcar Named Desire). Directed by Richard Jones (Endgame, The Hairy Ape), Pygmalion will play at The Old Vic from 6 September to 28 October 2023. Both Olivier Award winners, Bertie Carvel will play the eccentric, egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins, and Patsy Ferran will star as indomitable, social-climbing Covent Garden flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Further casting is to be announced. The production is the first show to be announced in The Old Vic's 2023/2024 season. Sylvia starring Beverley Knight completed its run at the theatre last Saturday; and The Old Vic's revival of hit Tim Minchin musical Groundhog Day starring Andy Karl kicks off on 20 May 2023, running to 12 August 2023. Also playing during the summer at The Old Vic is kid's show Mog The Forgetful Cat (11 to 29 July 2023), and this Christmas sees the return of their hit production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024). Director, Richard Jones said in a statement: "How lucky the director who is offered the opportunity to collaborate with the charismatic and unique Patsy Ferran and the brilliant, shape-shifting Bertie Carvel – moreover, how lucky to direct these actors in Shaw’s Pygmalion, which follows Professor Higgins’ artificial creation of a society lady who rebels against her creator. I’m very happy to return to the welcoming and supportive team at The Old Vic having been here in 2015 and 2020 with The Hairy Ape and Endgame respectively." The Old Vic Artistic Director, Matthew Warchus, said: "I’m very excited to welcome back to The Old Vic the truly exceptional talents of Patsy Ferran, Bertie Carvel and Richard Jones. I anticipate explosive results as they take on Shaw’s searing and iconic study of identity and control." Recent West End productions of Pygmalion include a Chichester Festival Theatre production which transferred to the Garrick Theatre in 2011 starring Rupert Everett, Kara Tointon, and Dame Diana Rigg. The play's West End premiere took place at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1914 starring Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Mrs Patrick Campbell. Book tickets to Pygmalion tickets at The Old Vic

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