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1st Night Photos: Hall Pygmalion & Horrocks’ Soul

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A decade after he left the Old Vic, then being put up for sale and facing an uncertain future (See News, 13 Feb 1998), Sir Peter Hall returned to the revitalised West End theatre last night (15 May 2008, previews from 7 May) with the transfer of his Whatsonstage.com Award-winning Theatre Royal Bath production of George Bernard Shaw’s 1916 classic Pygmalion, which runs for a limited season until 2 August (See News, 2 Nov 2007).

Original stars Tim Pigott-Smith and Michelle Dockery reprise their roles as phonetics professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, the cockney flower girl he transforms into a duchess. The cast also features James Laurenson (as Colonel Pickering), Una Stubbs (Mrs Pearce), Tony Haygarth (Alfred Doolittle) and Barbara Jefford (Mrs Higgins).

TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL OF PYGMALION’s 1st NIGHT PHOTOS,
JUST CLICK ON THE "NEXT >" LINKS BELOW THE FOLLOWING FRAME.

The production, directed by Hall and designed by Simon Higlett, was first seen last July at the Theatre Royal Bath (See News, 12 Mar 2007), where Hall’s company has had an annual summer residency for the past five years. In 1973, Peter Hall became successor to Laurence Olivier as the artistic director of the nascent National Theatre, then operating at the Old Vic before moving to its custom-built South Bank home. In 1997, he returned with his own Peter Hall Company and a season of plays including Waiting for Godot, Waste and The Seagull.

For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the Pygmalion post-show party at the Old Vic along with the company, director, Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey and other first nights guests including Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack.

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Further along The Cut the night before (14 May 2008, previews from 7 May), Wooller was at the Young Vic for the opening of The Good Soul of Szechuan, which runs until 21 June (See News, 27 Dec 2007). Jane Horrocks stars in David Harrower's new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s 1949 classic, which is directed by Richard Jones. Horrocks, who plays the good-hearted prostitute Shen Te, who is bet on by the gods, is joined by: Steven Beard, Linda Dobell, Gareth Farr, John Marquez, Sam O’Mahony-Adams, David Osmond, Susan Porrett, Sophie Russell, Liza Sadovy and Tom Silburn.

TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL OF THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN’s 1st NIGHT PHOTOS,
JUST CLICK ON THE "NEXT >" LINKS BELOW THE FOLLOWING FRAME.


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