Diana Rigg Will Return to the West End in Pygmalion

News   Diana Rigg Will Return to the West End in Pygmalion
Dame Diana Rigg, Tony winner for Best Actress in a Play for her last Broadway appearance in Medea in 1994,  will return to the West End to join the company of the previously announced production of Pygmalion, beginning performances at the Garrick Theatre May 12, prior to an official opening May 25, for a run through Sept. 3.

Diana Rigg
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The production, directed and designed by Philip Prowse, was first seen at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2010, where it starred Rupert Everett, who now reprises his role as Professor Henry Higgins. He is newly joined this time around by the previously announced Kara Tointon, who takes over as Eliza Dolittle, and Rigg, who takes over from Stephanie Cole, as Henry's mother Mrs. Higgins. Also in the cast are Peter Eyre and Marty Cruickshank reprising their roles as Colonel Pickering and as Mrs. Eynsford Hill, respectively, with Roberta Taylor as Mrs. Pearce and Peter Sandys Clarke as Freddy Eynsford Hill.

Rigg has previously starred in a production of Pygmalion in 1974, when she gave a celebrated performance as Eliza Dolittle at the West End's Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward). Other more recent stage appearances include Honour (Wyndham's Theatre)  and West End runs of Suddenly Last Summer, Phedre, Brittanicus and Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She is probably still best known for her TV role as Emma Peel in "The Avengers," but other leading screen roles include "Rebecca" (Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress) and "Mother Love" (BAFTA Award for Best Actress). She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1988 and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1994.

This Chichester Festival Theatre production of Pygmalion is produced by Duncan C. Weldon and Paul Elliott, Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer for Nimax Theatres, Michael Edwards and Carole Winter for MJE Productions and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4662, or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.

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