Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Rupert Everett as Higgins in George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” at the Garrick Theatre, London.
To be blunt, Everett stunk. His may have been the single worst performance I have ever witnessed (although it would be unfair to deny the Eliza of the production the right to compete for such honor).
Everett is uglier than sin, which did not contribute to our enjoyment of the afternoon.
The theater was half-full the afternoon we saw “Pygmalion”. According to a British gentleman sitting near us, “there would not be five people in the paying audience this afternoon were it not for the fact that everyone is here to see Diana Rigg”.
The production, which we saw on the afternoon of August 6, will close on Saturday.