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Mayfair is an electro-mechanical pinball game designed by Ed Krynski with art by Roy Parker. Released by Gottlieb in 1966, it is an unofficial adaptation of the 1964 film adaptation of My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn.

Compared to other electro-mechanical tables, Mayfair is relatively sophisticated, with several ways for players to score points. The obvious way is to hit the left and right rollovers to light up the bumpers for larger points; skilled players, however, will advance the Red and Yellow bonuses up the playfield, then hit the pivoting target to collect the Double Bonus, making use of the two "auto shooters" between the flippers to propel the ball at it.

Mayfair was a fairly successful title for Gottlieb, selling over 2,000 units; several hundred more were sold in add-a-ball and Italian versions under the name "Hyde Park".

Art historians will note that Mayfair was the last game illustrated by pinball artist Roy Parker before he passed away; the game was released posthumously a year after his death. Trivia buffs will note that this is the second pinball table based on My Fair Lady; previously, Gottlieb had released "Fair Lady" in 1956, based on the hit Broadway musical with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews.

Mayfair demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Eliza is depicted as both a redhead (on the backglass) and a blonde (on the playfield), omitting Audrey Hepburn's brunette hair.
    • Similarly, Henry Higgins sports a moustache, whereas Rex Harrison was clean-shaven in the Broadway show and film.
    • Eliza's ornate white dress from the Ascot Racecourse is drawn as sky blue.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Done with Eliza and the flower girl to show their similar roots.
  • Costume Copycat: The flower girl is wearing the same elaborate dress as Eliza.
  • Excuse Plot: Good luck finding any connection between My Fair Lady and pinball bumpers or auto-shooters.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Eliza is shown wearing her elaborate dress from the Ascot Racecourse.
  • Recursive Canon: The backglass shows Eliza passing in front of a theater holding a production of My Fair Lady.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Intentionally invoked to copy My Fair Lady without an actual license - Licensed Pinball Tables didn't exist at the time.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • The game is peppered with references to the play and film's various songs, including:
      • A street sign for Your Street (alluding to "The Street Where You Live").
      • A dancing couple asking "dance all night?", as in "I Could Have Danced All Night".
      • Eliza's father has a card in his hatband reading "Reminder: Get Me To The Church On Time" (from the song of the same name).