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Alistair McGowan: 'Pygmalion's Henry Higgins is me'

Impressionist Alistair McGowan has admitted he will be playing himself when he takes over from Rupert Everett to play professor of phonetics Henry Higgins in the West End production of Pygmalion.

McGowan joins Kara Tointon at the Garrick Theatre from 15 August to tell the story of Eliza Dolittle, a cockney flower girl whom Higgins tries to pass off as a duchess for a bet.

Written by George Bernard Shaw in 1912, the play became hit film My Fair Lady in 1964, starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, itself set for a remake starring Carey Mulligan as Eliza.

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