Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw was performed for the first time at the Abbey Theatre in 2011. Charlie Murphy starred in the role of Eliza Doolittle, an impoverished flower-girl who is taken in hand by linguistics professor Henry Higgins and turned into a lady.
The poster features a red rose emerging from Eliza Dolittle’s mouth to highlight the play’s themes of language and speech, class structure and self determination.
The Abbey’s signature typeface Abbey Sans is inspired by the early posters at the Abbey Theatre, in the days when only the play title and the date and time were required to promote a show.
More recent Abbey posters can be seen at www.abbeyposters.zero-g.ie