Two-time Olivier winner Bertie Carvel, the original Miss Trunchbull in the London and Broadway productions of Matilda The Musical; and Olivier winner Patsy Ferran, recently seen in the West End staging of A Streetcar Named Desire; head the cast of a new production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion at London's The Old Vic.
Directed by Richard Jones (Endgame, Katya Kabanova), the
classic Shaw comedy takes the stage September 6 for a limited engagement through October 28. Opening
night of the production, the first play of The Old Vic's 2023-2024
season, is scheduled for September 19.
Carvel, who won Oliviers for his performances in Matilda and Ink, plays the eccentric, egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins with Summer and Smoke Olivier winner Ferran as Eliza Doolittle, the indomitable Covent Garden flower girl with grander aspirations.
Joining Carvel and Ferran are Lizzy Connolly as Clara Eynsford
Hill, Grace Cookey-Gam as Mrs. Eynsford Hill, Penny Layden as Mrs.
Pearce, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Mrs. Higgins, Michael Gould as Colonel
Pickering, John Marquez as Alfred Doolittle, Taheen Modak as Freddy
Eynsford Hill, and Kieran Smith as Aristid Karpathy.
The production also features design by Stewart Laing, lighting by Adam Silverman, sound by Tony Gayle, composition and arrangement by Will Stuart, movement by Sarah Fahie, dialect by William Conacher, voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, costume supervision by Sarah Bowern, and wigs, hair, and make-up supervision by Keisha-Paris Banya.
Director Jones said in an earlier statement, "How lucky the director who is offered the opportunity to collaborate with the charismatic and unique Patsy Ferran and the brilliant, shape-shifting Bertie Carvel—moreover, how lucky to direct these actors in Shaw’s Pygmalion, which follows Professor Higgins’ artificial creation of a society lady who rebels against her creator. I’m very happy to return to the welcoming and supportive team at The Old Vic having been here in 2015 and 2020 with The Hairy Ape and Endgame, respectively."
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