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The critically acclaimed version directed by Barlett Sher will begin performances next month, taking part at venue’s summer musical tradition and running for a strictly limited season. Starring Harry Hadden-Paton and Amara Okere, this classic show tells the story of a young Cockney flower seller and a linguistic professor’s struggles to transform her into a «proper lady».
I could have danced all night… And probably all day too, for that matter! As the opening date approaches, the cast of the new production of My Fair Lady are polishing a few more things than its leading lady for their arrival to the London Colliseum. Taking part in the venue’s tradition of summer musicals, this version is also serving as the show’s first West End revival in 21 years – and today we have been offered a sneak peek of what’s yet to come!
Directed by Bartlett Sher, this montage originally premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater back in 2018, where it was the recipient of several major accolades such as the Tony Award for Best Costume Design, 5 Outer Critics’ Circle Awards (including Best Musical Revival, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Revival) and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical Revival and Costume Design. Now crossing the pond off to theatreland, the London company will at the same time break records, featuring the largest orchestra in the West End currently, consisting of 36 musicians from the English National Opera.
With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, this classic musical tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller that will be transformed by linguistic professor Henry Higgins into a proper lady – only that she may not be the one transformed after all. Featuring several music theatre iconic themes such as I Could Have Danced All Night or I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face, this version stars Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins, Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle, Stephen K Amos as Alfred P Doolittle, Dame Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs Higgins, Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Pickering, Maureen Beattie as Mrs Pearce and Sharif Afifi as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.
My Fair Lady will begin performances on May 7th (official premier on May 17th), for a limited run until August 27th. Tickets can be purchased on the following link.