First performed in 1913, Shaw's Pygmalion about pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins, and spirited cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle served a double blow, ridiculing Britain's inflexible and prejudiced class structure and drawing attention to the topical issue of women's independence. The musical, My Fair Lady, brought this comical feast to a new audience in 1956 remaining popular and endearing to this day and immortalised in 1964 by the film with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
When Henry Higgins makes a bet to pass off a 'guttersnipe' as a 'duchess' in high society through his superior teaching of elocution and etiquette, he underestimates quite how challenging his task will be. Eliza, despite her lowly origins, has firm ideas of her own, which bring the two into conflict - and an unlikely alliance.
Bryanston now offers its own interpretation of this classic story, which provides both entertainment and food for thought, as it is still hugely relevent a century on from its comception.
Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions) - available from the Coade Hall Box Office on 01258 848623 or firstname.lastname@example.org