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08 May 12
Oh dear, how could a director of Philip Prowse's undoubted ability achieve so little with Shaw's least flawed play? Either actors or audience or both were frequently reduced to watching a tennis match between characters on opposite ends of the stage or were distracted by totally unneccesary movement. Here was an attempt to update a masterpiece which failed due to the weakness of its two leads but was thankfully saved, in part, by the professional abilities of some of the surrounding cast. In particular credit is due to Peter Eyre as Pickering and Phil Davis as Doolittle. - Ian
25 Aug 10
Thank heavens for Peter Eyre's Pickering, who you could listen to all night, Susie Blake who was a superb Mrs Pearce and Phill Davis who was a joy to watch, despite being directed to look as if he was at Wimbledon for one scene. As for the Higgins and Eliza couldn't have cared two hoots about them - neither had anything to endear them to the audience at all and the latter was unitelligible throughout the first scene and whenever she turned her back. And if you are going to leave in the line about Higgins' boots for heavens sake give him a pair rather than black lace up shoes!
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25 Aug 10
As a mere stay-at-home mum and infrequent theatre-goer, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening up in the Gods watching Pygmalion.
My £13 ticket provided me with a fantastic two and a half hours of entertainment; funny, energetic, audible.
Reading the many reviews of this production online, I am beginning to understand how being in show business can make one crazy....some people are too hard to please. Chill out and enjoy life! I thought Rupert's Higgins was amazing, Phil Davis too. Thanks for a great evening.
What a pity CFT is STILL such a closed shop after all these years-80% of the audience over 60 and wearing tweed. - Multigravida
15 Aug 10
I found this an imaginative and entertaining version of Shaw's play. Philip Prowse is anything but a dull director/designer as witness the number of actors who love working with him. Everett may be a touch charmless compared to the Rex Harrison style of playing Higgins but he's plausibly arrogant and self-centred. Honeysuckle Weeks has clearly grown into the role since the early reviews and was perfectly audible to me some two-thirds of the way back. In the tea party scene she was hilarious and got a deserved exit ovation. Ms.Cole and Messrs Davis and Eyre are superb. - George Morris
04 Aug 10
After seeing the earlier production this year of Pygmalion at the Exchange Theatre in Manchester this one was a pale comparison. The reviews must have encouraged the cast to shout their way through act one and the two intervals were not required. Stephanie Cole and Suzie Blake were both excellent in their roles. The staging of the final scene spoken between the two leads from either side of the stage was boring and like the production as a whole lacked any emotional depth. - Michael Penn
01 Aug 10
Agree very much with Maxwell Cooter's review. After a good blustery opening scene, Henry Higgins shrank into a two-dimensional character, and it was essentially the rounded performances of Mrs Pearce, Colonel Pickering and Henry's mother that kept him alfoat. Eliza Doolittle - admittedly a huge challenge to portray an evolving character (or accent, at least) - remained a charitcature. In the final analysis, Shaw's attempts to intertwine a older tale with his soap-boxing on language and society fail to make a solid base for the production, which is then played as a comedy and little else. (Seen on 31 July.) - Linnet
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