The First Night of Pygmalion
by Richard Huggett
December 1972
~ Directed by Mel Davis ~

The First Night of Pygmalion was first performed in 1968 and depicts backstage events during the first British production of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion.

It depicts the backstage tensions between Shaw, Mrs Patrick Campbell who played Eliza Doolitle, and Herbert Beerbohm Tree who played Professor Higgins, including the controversy surrounding the line "not bloody likely". It is mainly based on letters, diaries and newspaper reports from the time.

The play has twice been adapted for British television.

Barry LeeGeorge Bernard Shaw
Gerry JanesSir Herbert Beerbohm
Elizabeth RobertsMrs Patrick Campbell
Tony Cole-HamiltonNarrator
Betty Cole-HamiltonNarrator
Nicholas ChapmanOther characters
Maisie DittonOther characters
Cynthia HarrisonOther characters
Georgie DoverOther characters