You may avoid playhouses while in Geneva, Switzerland believing that the performances will be in French. However, with such a large International community living in Geneva there are many opportunities to attend English speaking plays and a good one is coming up soon. Howard Productions will be presenting the classic PYGMALION, a romantic comedy by Victorian era by playwright George Bernard Shaw who began developing the idea in 1897. The Greek myth of Pygmalion was about a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved. Thus, dashing upper class Mr. Higgins (on a bet) offered phonetic lessons to young Cockney speaking flower girl, Eliza Doolittle who turned out to be more than an excellent student. It was a very popular play in the early 20th century and remains so today.
Eliza Doolittle: image courtesy of Goodreads.com
Many of you will better know this story which was later madeinto a musical play and then a film under the title of MY FAIR LADY with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. However, in Geneva this is the original George Bernard Shaw play with no music. But there is lot of spoofing the British class system at that epoque and a great deal of commenting on the role of women: but all in good fun with great wit.
This professional performance in Geneva will be given by Britain’s Tour de Force theatre company.
The Greek Myth of Pygmalion Updated by George Bernard Shaw. Image courtesy of Howard productions
Performances will be held every evening at 8:00 January 27-29, 2011 plus a 2:00 PM matinee at:
Salle de spectacles de la Cité Universitaire, Cité Bleue,
46 avenue de Miremont, Champel, Geneva
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