Stunning cast announced for My Fair Lady at the Playhouse this Christmas
The stunning cast has been announced for the Bartlett Sher’s critically acclaimed and multi award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, playing its only Scottish dates in Edinburgh this Christmas opening on the 14th December for a strictly limited season.
Two-time Olivier Award nominee Michael D. Xavier (Outlander, Sunset Boulevard) will play Henry Higgins. Charlotte Kennedy (Les Miserables) will star as Eliza Doolittle. Charlotte is currently performing in the ensemble and as first cover Eliza in the show at the London Coliseum.
Best known for playing Ian Beale in EastEnders, Adam Woodyatt will play Alfred P. Doolittle and Falkirk born and raised Heather Jackson (The Phantom of the Opera) will reprise her role as Mrs Higgins which she is currently playing at the London Coliseum.
John Middleton (Ashley Thomas from Emmerdale) will play Colonel Pickering. Lesley Garrett (The Singer, The Lesley Garrett Show) will play Mrs Pearce and Tom Liggins will play Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Tom is currently first cover Freddy in the show in London, which marked his West End debut.
As part of a UK tour, My Fair Lady will delight theatre-goers this festive season, making its Scottish premiere at The Playhouse Theatre in Edinburgh on December 14 and playing through to January 7.
Directed by Bartlett Sher, this sublime production, which premiered in the spring of 2018 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, was the winner of 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.
My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady”. But who is really being transformed?
With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, My Fair Lady boasts a score including the classic songs “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
The New York Times said: “Thrilling! Glorious and better than it ever was! A marvellous and transformative revival.”Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway in March 1956, winning 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history at the time.
My Fair Lady has seen many notable revivals and adaptations, including the acclaimed 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Most recently on the London stage, Cameron Mackintosh’s 2001 revival at Theatre Royal Drury Lane won three Olivier Awards, and later toured across the UK and Ireland in 2005.
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