PERFORMANCES – 22 April to 2 May 2015 (except 27 April)
Weekdays at 19:30; Saturdays and Sundays at 17:00
Krudttønden, Serridslevvej 2, 2100 Kbh. Ø (www.krudttonden.dk)
Before director George Cukor brought us My Fair Lady as a musical starring Audrey Hepburn in 1964, there was Bernard Shaw’s original play, Pygmalion, and now Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen is bringing this classic play to CTC audiences… with a twist or two.
See pictures from the show here.
This retelling explores the theme of trying to learn another language in order to fit into another society: a theme that is no doubt familiar to many foreigners that have moved to Denmark but also to many Danes who have lived abroad. Is learning the language enough for you to fit into a new culture? How many obstacles to you have to overcome to succeed, and how will you know when you have?
The critics raved about it!
American director Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen’s inspired adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play ‘Pygmalion’ pretty much has everything a modern audience would want: humour and pathos, heroes and villains, and a contemporary viewpoint and echoes of the past.
It’s challenging, intriguingly ambiguous and will blow away any expectations you might have from seeing the original or the musical it spawned, ‘My Fair Lady’. To paraphrase Professor Henry Higgins, you’d be an idiot to miss it.
– Copenhagen Post – 6 stars out of 6
The theatre group is most successful with its use of lighting and sound. The backdrops are projected onto long white hanging sheets, while music is used to accentuate the images projected on the sheets, allowing easy and effective scene changes. The characters perform in simple dress with few costume changes. Vanessa Poole is especially impressive in her dual performance as Mrs Pearce and Mrs Higgins, switching seamlessly between the roles.
Go see it!
Like the musical, we follow the story from Eliza’s perspective, in contrast to the original play, which is told from the perspective of Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins. Audiences can look forward to a production that combines visual elements of My Fair Lady with the verbal action of Pygmalion.
Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen brought us The Dining Room last spring (and is directing Journeys – an adventure in storytelling in early March this year), so you can look forward to another production where the focus is firmly placed on the true essence of the text, sparking your imagination through the use of various media.