Why See My Fair Lady?
West End Premiere
The extravagant surrounds of the London Coliseum will sparkle once again as this dazzling revival of Lerner and Lowe's My Fair Lady makes its UK premiere this summer, following a highly acclaimed Broadway run back in 2018. Directed by Tony-winner Barlett Sher (the man behind 2018's The King and I revival at the London Palladium) Eliza Dolittle and her transformation from flower girl to society beauty is refreshed for a new generation. Including some of musical theatre's most classic standards, ('I could have danced all night' and 'Wouldn't it be Loverly' to name a few), and a rags to riches story that includes romance, drama, and a day at the races - we think this one is going to sell like hotcakes - or should that be hot flowers?
Regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time, this jubilant originally premiered on Broadway in 1956, with Julie Andrews in the role of Eliza, and won six Tony Awards, and was subsequently adapted for the silver screen, with the cast led by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
What is the story?
For Professor Henry Higgins, a person's voice is of the utmost importance. A student of phonetics, he holds the opinion that with the right accent and tone of speech, anything is achievable. To prove his point, he wagers a friend that he can teach cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to speak 'properly', and then present her as an upper-class lady at a high society ball. So the pair's lessons begin, but little does Henry Higgins know, that project Eliza Dolittle is going to change his life forever.
Did you know?
While Julie Andrews won huge acclaim for her Eliza on Broadway, she was never in contention to reprise the role on film. Audrey Hepburn was one of Hollywood's brightest stars, and as producer Jack Warner wrote in his autobiography, "In my business, I have to know who brings people and their money to a movie theatre box office." Audrey Hepburn's singing was then famously dubbed in the final cut of the movie.
Opening night: 7 May 2022
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Cast and Creative
Amara Okereke as Eliza
Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins
Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs Higgins
Sharif Afifi as Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Maureen Beattie as Mrs Pearce
Stephen K Amos as Alfred P Doolittle
Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Pickering
Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Heather Jackson, Emma Johnson, Charlotte Kennedy, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg, Tom Liggins, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominque Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak and Paul Westwood
Directed by Barlett Sherr
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Book by Alan Jay Lerner
Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Costume Design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
Set Design by Michael Yeargan
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
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