Pygmalion is a play written by George Bernard Shaw in 1913. The play is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a London phonetics expert, who makes a bet that he can teach a poor Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to speak and act like a lady of high society.
One of the main themes of the play is the nature of social class and the rigid social boundaries that separate people of different classes in society. The play also explores the theme of self-improvement and the power of language and education to transform a person’s life.
Pygmalion is known for its witty and clever dialogue, as well as its exploration of complex social and political issues. The play is widely considered a masterpiece of literature and is still widely performed and studied today.
Pygmalion is also the inspiration for the musical “My Fair Lady” that was adapted from this play and is considered one of the most popular musicals of all time.