1978 – “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw

Posted on: June 12, 1978

Pygmalion is an ‘idea’-play where the character is made the servant of wit. But the stature of this play is based on something far more solid than just brilliance of wit and dialogue. Language was sacred to Shaw because he saw it as the source of man’s identity. The unconcious irony of this play is that the real master of English is not Henry Higgins, Professor of Phonetics, but rather Alfred Doolittle, the Cockney-speaking dustman, who is easily the greatest character in the play; and Higgins is quick to recognize the power of a man whose speech is authentic. In “Pygmalion” the wheel of Shaw’s ‘idea’-socialism comes full circle and the more serene socialism of art is perfectly achieved.


Miss Eynsford Hill (Clara)Gabriele Zecha
Mrs. Eynsford HillBrigitte Fath
BystanderJosef Kogler
Freddy Eynsford HillJohann Rabeder
Eliza DoolittleEstrid Lichtenberg
Colonel PickeringHelmut Riedl
Henry HigginsMark Burbidge
Sarcastic BystanderBurkhard Vogel
Mrs. PearceClodagh Riedl
Alfred DoolittleBrendan Duffy
Mrs. HigginsSusi DIck
Parlour-maidUlrike Santner


ProducerRay Flanagan
PromptessRegina Köhler
StageMax Danecker
Brendan Duffy
CostumesBrigitte Fath
Regina Köhler
DesignSally Kowanda
PropsMichele Jordan
Penny Harris

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