Pygmalion (The Old Vic)
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Pygmalion (The Old Vic)
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Pygmalion (The Old Vic) London Reviews and Tickets

81%
(61 Ratings)
Positive
80%
Mixed
13%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great staging

About the Show

Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones directs Bertie Carvel & Patsy Ferran in George Bernard Shaw's comedy.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (23)

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184 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
Hilarious, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you wanna see a new and fresh take on a classic with great chemistry performances

Don't see it if your expecting high class staging and spectacular

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
84
Weird costuming, Fast-paced, Amusing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy an amusing evening at the theatre with great performances by the lead actors

Don't see it if You are looking for a fabulous set or costuming Read more

139 Reviews | 4 Followers
80
Fresher look/feel, Wonderful cast!, Social system, Amusing drama, Classic

See it if you want to see the value of behaviour, education & the supreme power of dependence on others. The cast are amazing!

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy fresher looks on classic plays.

51 Reviews | 1 Follower
76
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like the classics well put to stage and quite true to original form

Don't see it if you like plays that are more obviously current and relevant Read more

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
65
Disjointed, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of anyone in the cast or you want to see a short and snappy Shaw piece that won't bore you to death.

Don't see it if you want a deep and meaningful play or if you have a strong dislike for farce and physical comedy. Read more

21 Reviews | 2 Followers
90
Interesting, Funny, Clever

See it if you like strong characters, interesting plays, quick dialogues and funny plays.

Don't see it if you struggle with following complicated dialogues as these are very quick!

25 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Romantic, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the classic story, accompanied by great acting of Olivier-award winners, while also with refreshing staging elements

Don't see it if you seek new angle on the classic story, plot twists, epic stage effects, etc.

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if If you love the film My Fair Lady you'll enjoy the snappy dialogue that is incredibly exact in places. Great acting.

Don't see it if You're expecting My Fair Lady songs.

Critic Reviews (14)

The London Evening Standard
September 20th, 2023

"The two stars [Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran] dominate amid a fine supporting cast, even if this is a weird choice of revival"
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The Guardian (UK)
September 20th, 2023

“The production feels strangely like a museum piece despite its contemporary visual elements.”
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WhatsOnStage
September 20th, 2023

"All in all, it’s an incredibly frustrating evening, a wasted revival of a play that for all its old-fashioned notions, still speaks resonantly – and impeccably – to the modern age."
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 20th, 2023

"Patsy Ferran is a brilliant Eliza Doolittle – but this flamboyant production undercuts the key message of George Bernard Shaw’s classic"
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The Times (UK)
September 20th, 2023

"True, the bittersweet final third of Richard Jones’s characteristically capering production finds some of the grace and sting excluded from the preceding hour-plus. Yet by then you’ve been shouted at for so long by outsized characters trying so hard to be funny that it’s almost as if a fresh play has started. It is a loud and insistent evening."
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The Stage (UK)
September 20th, 2023

"A knowing mishmash of anachronism and acting styles, it is not quite conceptually coherent. It’s up to the performances – especially Patsy Ferran’s as Eliza Doolittle – to cut through the Shavian rhetoric and the production’s wilful idiosyncrasies, and redeem the whole experience from becoming utterly confounding and emotionally remote."
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The Independent (UK)
September 20th, 2023

"Staged in its original form with big stars Patsy Ferran and Bertie Carvel as the leads, this play is harder to love – somehow, it feels more obvious that its funniest lines are at the expense of a working-class woman who dares to step out of line..It’s a play that’s ripe for pulling apart and reimagining by a feminist director. For now, it feels like a curious thing: a glass showcase for Carvel and Ferran to fill with towering, uneasy displays of acting elan."
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All That Dazzles (UK)
September 20th, 2023

"With the writing and direction equally impressive, this would be an impressive show in itself… if it wasn’t for the performances of Patsy Ferran and Bertie Carvel. These two powerhouse performances take this production of 'Pygmalion' and turn it into something truly unmissable. This mesmerising production is full of complete joy and is a complete triumph."
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