Celebrity Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 3

Pygmalion (27 Dec. 1981)

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Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?



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Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?

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The original Broadway production of "Pygmalion" opened at the Park Theater opening October 12, 1914 and ran for 72 performances. The play premiered in a German translation at the Hofburg Theatre in Vienna on October 16, 1913 and in English at His Majesty's Theatre in London on April 11, 1914 and starred 'Mrs Patrick Campbell'. See more »


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A miscast misfire
13 October 2004 | by (Scarborough, England) – See all my reviews

'Pygmalion' is a classic play about identity and power within relationships. In one sense it is a comedy of manners centered on the single-minded bullying misogynist Higgins, in another a drama about Eliza Dolittle's place in society.

This version misfires on all levels. Robert Powell is too young and too pleasant as Higgins. You can't imagine he is *really* so uncaring as to see Eliza as a mere object of an experiment in phonetics. Twiggy is both too old and too lightweight an actress to convey Eliza's anguish when she has the speech of a lady but is still essentially a common Cockney flower girl.

This version seems to have been put together because Pygmalion is a popular play and would pull in the viewers. It fails to do justice to its source material and even 'My Fair Lady' (the musical travesty which made the whole thing a love story) is preferable.

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