Coming to Abingdon 9 – 13 April 2019
Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion.
Packed with hit songs, including ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’, ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’, this Learner and Loewe classic will give delight to both members and audience alike.
Acclaimed Professor (and confirmed bachelor) Henry Higgins makes a wager with his linguistic colleague Colonel Pickering that in six months he can pass off “gutter snipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an embassy ball. Through arduous training, day and night, Eliza learns how to speak English “properly,” and transforms into a lady, respected and adored by all classes. Along the way she bewitches young Freddy Einsford-Hill into falling in love with her and convinces a supposed linguistics expert, Zoltan Karpathy, that she is royalty.
Through her transformation process, Eliza forges a deep connection with Colonel Pickering and most especially with Professor Higgins. However, she finds herself in a difficult position, now too refined to go back to her old life and not with any means or desire to live life as a lady of leisure – especially by herself. When Higgins completely fails to acknowledge Eliza’s role in her own transformation, she leaves his home. It is only then that Higgins realizes that he cares deeply for Eliza. The play ends with Eliza’s return to Higgins’ home, and the ending is left ambiguous, yet it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time.
Director ~ Joy Skeels
Musical Director ~ Mark Denton
Choreographer ~ Jess Townsend
Henry Higgins ~ Duncan Blagrove
Eliza Doolittle ~ Kate Brock
Alfred P. Doolittle ~ Michael Winiarski
Mrs. Higgins ~ Lynne Winter
Colonel Pickering ~ Rob Bertwistle
Freddy Eynsford-Hill ~ Paul Bruce
Mrs. Pearce ~ Ros Merriman
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill ~ Jennifer Cowling
Zoltan Karpathy ~ Stephen Webb
Harry and Jamie ~ Tom Codd, Jon Ridley
Mrs Hopkins ~ Tara Melia Hunt
Lord & Lady Boxington ~ James Hellem, Rebecca Carpenter
Queen of Transylvania ~ Maurey Berdoy
Charles & Selsey Man ~ Neil Passingham
Patrick Cole, Daniel Heaney, Adrian Amstead, Dennis Garrett,
Helen Coad, Valerie Findlay, Laura Huang, Jenna Elliott