Sara Keating: Shaw’s feminist thinking shines through in My Fair Lady revival

The attitudes to women and the working classes that George Bernard Shaw exposed in his most famous play resonate over 100 years after its premiere

Michael D Xavier, Charlotte Kennedy and John Middleton in My Fair Lady at the Bord Gáis Theatre until October 30. Picture: Marc Brenner

When George Bernard Shaw wrote his most famous play Pygmalion (which would be adapted for the screen four times in the 1930s and for the Broadway music hall in 1956), British society was on the cusp of great change. Shaw, an outspoken socialist and feminist and a prolific political pamphleteer, was a leading voice in calling for the abolition of the class system. As an Irishman in London, he had personal experience of its divisiveness. ...