The women are cast and I'm working on the men. I will drag them off the street if I have to, but I rather hope it doesn't come to that. Who knows, by this time next week I may have a full complement of actors.
- Terri Jowett
Professor of Phonetics, Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a comment on women's independence, packaged as a romantic comedy.