Pygmalion: Cast and box office details

Our production of Pygmalion is now up and running. The full cast is available over on our What’s On section, but here are the details of the principal characters:

Clara Eynsford Hill – Sarah Melling
Mrs Eynsford Hill – Gloria Keaveny
Freddy Eynsford Hill – Matt Smith
Eliza Doolittle – Sarah Cunnane
Colonel Pickering – Brian Hibberd
Henry Higgins – David Powell
Mrs Pearce – Sue Baker
Alfred Doolittle – Graham Ford
Mrs Higgins – Annette Toms

We will be presenting Pygmalion between 2 and 5 July in the Henderson Hall, Abbots Langley. Performances begin at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets can be reserved by ringing the Box Office on 0844 8045354.

Don’t be a draggletailed guttersnipe, get your tickets now!

Abbots Langley Players and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages

We are very pleased to announce that the ALP is one of fewer than 100 groups across the country chosen to take part in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project.

Our production will take place in April 2015 and will be a revival of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed, as well as a project that the whole village community can both contribute to and benefit from.

ALP’s pitch to the RSC was to involve as many local people and community groups as possible, making the production an effort that would highlight the depth and diversity of cultural activity in the village and raise the profile of Abbots Langley as a whole.

One of the main features of the project will be the growth and use of a working Jacobean herb garden for a set during the production. After show week, the garden will be donated to Abbots Langley to be used as a communal resource by the village.

We are now keen to hear from village groups or individuals that might like to be involved in the production – the more the merrier.

Although we have come up with some concepts for how various village societies could take part, we’d love to hear from anyone who has ideas on how to get more participation in the project; we’re happy to take suggestions and collaborate to make sure that as many people are involved as possible.

The production will be staged outdoors in the village, though the exact location is yet to be confirmed. If anyone would like more details about the project, you can email

The ALP’s next production will be George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, directed by Colette Holmes and taking place in the Henderson Hall between 2 and 5 July as part of the Abbots Langley Festival of the Arts.

Extra reading

The RSC’s Open Stages is the UK’s biggest amateur theatre project. The RSC, along with six partner theatres, will work with the 90 selected amateur groups to support and help them to create their own RSC Open Stages production in their own venue. Each amateur company will receive training, director mentoring, feedback and support, with the aim of transforming the relationship between amateur and professional theatre. For updated information on the project, visit

RSC Open Stages is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. It does this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.

The Herbal Bed was written by Peter Whelan for the Royal Shakespeare Company and had its premiere in 1996. The play is based on real-life dramatic events that took place in Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester in 1613. At the centre of the drama is Susanna Hall, daughter of William Shakespeare and wife of the town’s apothecary, Dr John Hall. When she is the subject of slander over alleged “lewd” behaviour, her response is to sue her accuser – the town drunk, Jack Lane. But this exposes her and the people she loves to scrutiny and scandal. The ALP’s original production of this play took place in November 2013 and was directed by Sylvia Poole.

Pygmalion: Holding out for a Higgins

As our contribution to the Abbots Langley Festival of the Arts, our non-singing production of Pygmalion is in the midst of being cast. However, due to a very full festival programme, we find ourselves looking, as so many people are, for a good man.

We would love to hear from anyone who can commit to rehearsing Tuesday and Thursday evenings up to our performance week, 29 June to 5 July 2014. While primarily seeking male actors, we would also love to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming involved with the group on stage and behind the scenes as well.

We will be holding final auditions for Pygmalion on Monday 14 April.

So what about it then… fancy giving it a go? Maybe you would just like to know a bit more? Please just get in touch by emailing If you can’t make the audition but you are interested in either role, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

The roles

Henry Higgins
Male, 40s
(Large role)
Highly intellectual bachelor, selfish and self-obsessed – but not unlikeable. Childish and downright rude in equal measure.

Alfred Doolittle
Male, 40-60
(Medium role)
The show stealer. Common, crafty and devious, but the most remarkable philosopher. Appears twice and commands the space each time.

Pygmalion: The ALP learn to talk proper

For our next production, we will be staging one of George Bernard Shaw’s best loved plays: Pygmalion

Presented as part of the Abbots Langley Festival of the Arts, the production is in the midst of being cast – get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved on stage or backstage. 

Keep an eye out for cast news, videos and other snippets coming soon…