Players hope latest show will be a Shaw thing and please punters

Abbots Langley Players in rehearsal for Pygmalion
Abbots Langley Players in rehearsal for Pygmalion

The evergreen Lerner & Loewe musical My Fair Lady, full of toetapping tunes like The Rain In Spain and Get Her To The Church On Time, might be the more familiar take on the tale – but it was an adaptation of an earlier, wordier, hit play.

And Abbots Langley Players will be reviving the enduringly popular Pygmalion as their contribution to the 2014 Abbots Langley Festival of the Arts.

George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play is set in Edwardian London, at a time of great social change, and centres on the developing relationship between posh phonetician Henry Higgins and flower seller Eliza Doolittle, the cockney sparrow he wants to transform from guttersnipe to grand lady to prove his academic theories.

The curtain went up at the village’s Henderson Hall last night and the show runs until Saturday, with nightly performances at 8pm and a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets, priced at £8, are available from the box office on 0844 8045354.