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REVIEW: Pygmalion at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

As Pygmalion starts its run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, we sent our theatre expert Matt Jameson down to check it out!

Are you ready for an explosive battle of the sexes in this outstanding production bringing the classic text to modern Britain? We all know the icon tale of Eliza Doolittle from rags to riches in the musical motion picture My Fair Lady, played by the legendary Audrey Hepburn. The origin of this great story is now brilliantly reimagined by the creative team and director Sam Pritchard at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw follows Eliza (Natalie Gavin) as she is transported away from her common flower selling existence on the streets of London by hard hitting Henry Higgins (Alex Beckett) and his kind-hearted sidekick Colonel Pickering (Raphael Sowole). Together they wager a bet to see if Henry can transform Eliza from her down trodden life into a Duchess with his expertise in phonetics and fool all his upper-class peers.

From the outset, the set design and creativity behind the production is outstanding, highlighting our obsession with the way we speak and how that places us in society. With the original script telling the much-loved story on a backdrop of modern England and the battle between the classes that always remains. Both Natalie Gavin and Alex Beckett give powerful and extraordinarily emotional performances bringing the fated pair to life. Supported by a fantastic cast including Flaminia Clinque as Mrs. Pearce and Liza Sadovy and Henry’s mother Mrs. Higgins adding unforgettable comedy moments. A spectacle to watch and definitely not to be missed!

Pygmalion is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 10th February to the 25th February.

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