Written by George Bernard-Shaw

Thursday 4th to Saturday 13th July 2024

Directed by Laura Sheppard

AuthorGeorge Bernard-Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as 'Man and Superman' (1902), 'Pygmalion' (1913) and 'Saint Joan' (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.


The captivating story of George Bernard Shaw’s 'Pygmalion' has been entertaining audiences for decades, delving into themes of gender, class and the importance of education.

Eliza Doolittle, a young lady from London’s impoverished streets, has aspirations. After an accidental encounter with Colonel Pickering and Professor Henry Higgins, Eliza approaches Higgins for speech lessons to improve her lot in life. Pickering wagers that Eliza cannot be presented as a lady amongst the upper echelons of London society, and during this life-changing adventure, Eliza learns difficult and often embarrassing lessons that cause her to question Higgins’ preconceived assumptions about gender roles and social class. Eliza is brilliantly irrepressible as she defies the stereotype that Higgins attempts to fit her into, leading to an explosively humourous, caustic, and gentle satire.

Bench Theatre invites you to enjoy Shaw’s wonderful sense of character, his keen ear for dialogue and his sparkling wit as Eliza attempts to shed her humble beginnings. And for all the play’s rumbustious energy, there is a perhaps unexpected poignancy as this very funny play approaches its conclusion.

The Bench Production


This play will be staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


Eliza Doolittle Alex Eels
Henry Higgins Roger Niven
Colonel Pickering Geoffrey Pye
Alfred Doolittle Peter Woodward
Mrs Pearce Janice Halsey
Mrs Higgins Ingrid Corrigan
Mrs Eynsford Hill Janine Catteral
Clara Eynsford Hill Erin Orford
Freddy Eynsford Hill Killian Wheeler
Palourmaid Emma Parkin
Nepommuck Jeff Bone
Hostess Chris Allison
Ensemble Chris Allison
Ensemble Jeff Bone
Ensemble Emma Parkin
Ensemble Di Wallsgrove


Director Laura Sheppard
Producer David Penrose
Stage Manager Paul Millington
Assistant Stage ManagersTracey Ancsell & Di Coates
Lighting Design Phil Hanley
Sound Design Robin Hall
Set Design Pete Woodward
Costumes Di Wallsgrove
Lighting Operation ...
Sound Operation Sally Hartley
Flyer Design Dan Finch
Programme Editor Derek Callam
Photography ...
Front of House Manager ...

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