A political reading of My Fair Lady

The success of a play does not only depend on the efforts of actors and directors, but also whether the public sentiment is receptive to the ideas presented from the stage or not. Shaw's drama as well as Lerner's and Leowe's musical became successful in periods when emancipation was an the agenda – class and gender in Britain, and race and gender in the USA. Emancipation in any sense is far from the political concerns in Hungary, which explains why a recent attempt failed.