Pygmalion

The tiny London Theatre in New Cross consistently punches above its weight – and never more so than in its most recent production, director Harry Denford’s intimate staging of this great George Bernard Shaw bittersweet comedy. GBS’s dazzling litany of one-liners were gleefully delivered by an excellent cast, among whom there were three standout performances: Maggie Mullarkey as Mrs Higgins, Jonny Emmett as Doolittle the dustman and, best of all, Lizzie Stanton as his daughter Eliza, the object of a bizarre phonetics experiment to turn her from Cockney flowergirl into a duchess. Her tears at the end as she realises how much she has been exploited brought a depth of pathos to the play which I’ve rarely seen before. If you’ve never been to this little theatre I urge you to give it a try.

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