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Pygmalion (2017)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours with an interval of 20
  • Other: There will be a Post Show Discussion on 10 Feb. Contains strong language.
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More Information on Pygmalion (2017)

One flower girl. Two experts. Free lessons. Six months. Duchess required.

Over one hundred years after it was written, a radical new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th Century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

‘The science of speech. That’s my profession. I can place any man within six miles. I can place him within two miles in London. Sometimes within two streets.’

Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally transformed within seconds. Through video and sound technology, director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks us – how much do our voices still define who we are?

Audience Reactions to Pygmalion

BSL and Captioned Performance Information

Cast & Credits

Director Sam Pritchard / Set & Costume Designer Alex Lowde / Lighting Designer Jack Knowles / Sound Design Ben & Max Ringham / Video Designer Will Duke / Film Director Geej Ower / Casting Directors Amy Ball and Arthur Carrington / Associate Director Caitriona Shoobridge / Assistant Director Natasha Hyman /

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Headlong and Nuffield Southampton Theatres

  • Alex Beckett
    as Professor Higgins
  • Ian Burfield
    as Alfred Doolittle
  • Gavi Singh Chera
    as Freddy Eyndsford Hill
  • Flaminia Cinque
    as Mrs Pearce / Mrs Eynsford-Hill
  • Natalie Gavin
    as Eliza Doolittle
  • Racheal Ofori
    as Clara Eynsford-Hill
  • Liza Sadovy
    as Mrs Higgins
  • Raphael Sowole
    as Colonel Pickering


“ Natalie Gavin’s Eliza is capable of giving as good as she gets”

- The Guardian

“ [The show’s] inventiveness worked brilliantly”

- North West End

“ imaginative retelling”

- Yorkshire Post

“ pure visual delight”

- Exeunt

“ an absolute triumph”

- Yorkshire Life

“ This is an excellent, thought-provoking production that lives up to the Playhouse's exacting standards.”

- The Yorkshire Times

“ outstanding production”

- Leeds City Magazine

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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