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Friday, 10 July 2015

Pygmalion, 1965

July 1965 - Jane at the Palace Theatre, Watford, where she is playing Eliza Doolittle in 'Pygmalion'.





Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1913.

Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence.

In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea first presented in 1871. Shaw would also have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.

19 July 1965 - Jane in her dressing room and backstage at the Palace Theatre, Watford.




Photo 1) Ebay auction listing.
Photos 2) From Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photos 3 & 7) Bethephant tumblr blog.
Photo 4) Alamy.
Photo 5) From a Spanish magazine. From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photo 6) Allaccess © JRC /The Hollywood Archive via belgaimage.be

5 comments:

  1. I can't decide if she's prettier as Eliza the urchin or as Eliza the lady!

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    1. I wish we could have more pics just to compare...! ;)

      It's a joke, she's lovely in both. But as the urchin she's already really gorgeous!

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    2. Yup, I'd go urchin!

      I am hoping to put some pics/screencaps up of Jane shortly. Keep an eye out

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    3. True to my word; http://randomramblingsthoughtsandfiction.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/jane-asher-in-hazell-1978.html

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    4. Wow Mark!!! Thanks so much!! this is great!! :D

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