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Radical staging of Pygmalion opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse in February


Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion will open at the Playhouse on Friday 3 February running through to Saturday 25th.

The co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse, Headlong and Nuffield is directed by Sam Pritchard with sound design by Ben and Max Ringham and is designed by Alex Lowde.

Shaw’s celebrated play was first staged over 100 years ago and is recognised as one of the most enduring and perceptive of English comedies. In this audacious new staging, Pritchard playfully carves a contemporary world on stage using sound and video technology which examines class identity and questions how far accents and speech can define us in Britain today.

‘The science of speech. That’s my profession. I can place any man within six miles. I can place him within two miles in London. Sometimes within two streets.’

How far do accents define us? Is status still dictated by our mother tongue?

The play will open to press in Leeds and then travel to Warwick, Leicester, Cheltenham, Bath, Keswick, Oxford, finishing at the Nuffield, Southampton with further dates still to be announced.

Sam Pritchard is the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court and was winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012.  His credits include Anna (Aix Opera Festival/ENOA Workshop), There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Royal Exchange and Edinburgh St Stephens/Soho Theatre/Berlin Theatertreffen), Buy Nothing Day (Company of Angels)  Fireface (Young Vic) and Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange)

Pygmalion continues Headlong’s emerging director’s scheme, this hugely successful model now in its seventh year, allows a director in the early stages of their career the opportunity to present work on main stages across the country. This programme has previously supported work from Simon Godwin, Natalie Abrahami, Robert Icke, Blanche McIntyre, Ben Kidd and Ellen McDougall.

Full tour and casting will be announced shortly.

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