Pygmalion gets a radical rethink for Headlong co-production

Sam Pritchard directs a radical new staging of Bernard Shaw’s acute comedy Pygmalion, a hilarious and poignant tale of two opposites, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, trying to find a common language.

Pygmalion is a co-production between Headlong, Nuffield Theatres Southampton and West Yorkshire Playhouse. It will open this Saturday in Leeds before travelling to Warwick, Liverpool, Leicester, Cheltenham, Bath, Oxford, and finishing at the Nuffield Theatre.

Shaw’s celebrated play was first staged over 100 years ago and is recognised as one of the most enduring and perceptive of comedies.

In this audacious new staging, Sam Pritchard playfully carves a contemporary world on stage using sound and video technology which examines class identity and questions how far accents and speech can define us in Britain today.

Alex Beckett plays Henry Higgins with Natalie Gavin as Eliza Doolittle. The remaining cast are Ian Burfield, Gavi Singh Chera, Flaminia Cinque, Racheal Ofori ,Liza Sadovy and Raphael Sowole.

Pygmalion continues Headlong’s progressive work with emerging directors, giving a director in the early stages of their career the opportunity to present work on main stages across the country.

The programme has previously supported work from Simon Godwin, Natalie Abrahami, Robert Icke, Blanche McIntyre, Ben Kidd and Ellen McDougal.

Sam Pritchard is the associate director (International) at the Royal Court and was winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012. He will be directing Guillermo Calderon’s play B for the Royal Court in September 2017.

Headlong has partnered with Nuffield Southampton Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse on supporting emerging directors for productions of Romeo and Juliet in 2012, The Seagull in 2013, Spring Awakening in 2014 and The Glass Menagerie in 2015.

2017 Tour

February 4-25, West Yorkshire Playhouse
February 28-March 3, Warwick Arts Centre
March 7-11, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
March 21-25, Leicester Curve Studio
March 28-April 1, Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre
April 4-8, Bath Theatre Royal
April 18-22, Oxford Playhouse
April 25-May 13, NST Campus, Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

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