Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pygmalion at The Abbey

First night: 1. Charlie Murphy; 2. Hugh O'Conor and Rebecca Rowe; 3. Emma Eliza Regan. (pix. Kiaran Harnett)

The Abbey Theatre has landed somewhat of a coup with its production, for the first time in its history, of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular production PYGMALION. Directed by Annabelle Comyn, PYGMALION opened last week to rave reviews and runs on the Abbey stage for six weeks.

Shaw’s play is a sharp satire about class, a spirited comment on women’s independence and a quick witted comedy (the popular musical My Fair Lady is based on this original play). This production is sure to thoroughly entertain and leave you with plenty of food for thought.

Charlie Murphy makes her Abbey stage debut playing the role of Eliza Doolittle, while well known Irish actor Risteárd Cooper will play the role of Higgins. The rest of the exceptional cast includes Fiona Bell, Lorcan Cranitch, Nick Dunning, Susannah De Wrixon, Hugh O’Conor, Kathryn O’Hart and Joe Purcell.

Leading Irish designer Peter O’Brien, is responsible for the beautiful, full period costumes for the production which will be a must see for all fashionistas. Among those who joined the cast and crew on opening night were John McColgan, Deirdre McMahon and Pat and Cathy Kenny.