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Shaw’s Pygmalion given modern rework

- Update makes tale of transformation resonate in present-day -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 31, 2015) Peter Hinton’s contemporary interpretation of Bernard Shaw’s iconic Pygmalion begins previews today at the Shaw Festival. Retaining the provocative power of Shaw’s wit and humour from the original 1914 text, the Festival’s production of Pygmalion is set in modern London and confronts present day issues of class, gender and culture.

Flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Harveen Sandhu) dreams of moving up in the world, but her working-class background impedes her social mobility. On a rainy day in Covent Garden, her chance encounter with phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Patrick McManus) inspires a bet with Colonel Pickering (Jeff Meadows) that this guttersnipe can be transformed into a duchess. Eliza is thrust into a world of high society, etiquette and the tongue-twisting bullying of Higgins’ training. Her make-over complete, Eliza questions if the high society life, with its new manners, high fashion and posh accent, is worth losing herself for.

Framed by contemporary pop culture, Pygmalion features set design by Eo Sharp, costume design by Christina Poddubiuk, lighting design by Kevin Lamotte and projections design by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson.

Pygmalion is on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from May 31 to October 24 (Opening June 27). Pygmalion is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

Donna Belleville
Wade Bogert-O’Brien
Kristi Frank
Mary Haney
Peter Krantz
Patrick McManus
Jeff Meadows
Julain Molnar
Harveen Sandhu
Mrs. Higgins
Freddy Eynsford Hill
Clara Eynsford Hill
Mrs. Pearce
Alfred Doolittle
Henry Higgins
Colonel Pickering
Mrs. Eynsford Hill
Eliza Doolittle

Londoners: David Ball, Jeremy Carver-James, Howard J. Davis, Starr Domingue, Jennifer Dzialoszynski, Lindsey Frazier, Kelly Grainger, Aaron Hastelow, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Grant Landry, Matt Nethersole, Kimberley Rampersad, Kiera Sangster and Travis Seetoo.

Creative Team:

Peter Hinton
Eo Sharp
Christina Poddubiuk
Kevin Lamotte
Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson
Meredith Macdonald
Amy Jewell
Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Projections Designers
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season began April 8, runs until November 1 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on the 2015 season, performance schedule or tickets, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

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