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George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

A hundred years after it was written, Professor Roy Foster and biographer Michael Holroyd discuss George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, the play which inspired My Fair Lady.

A hundred years after it was written Professor Roy Foster and biographer Michael Holroyd discuss George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion', the play which inspired 'My Fair Lady'. Shaw created the character of Eliza Doolittle for Mrs Patrick Campbell, She played the role in the first British production in 1914 with Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Henry Higgins. 'The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play', wrote Shaw.

Matthew Sweet presents.

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