Leaders of the festival resisted producing the hit musical since Shaw (1865-1950) had held off giving permission to musicalize his play for many years. However, My Fair Lady, staged by American director Molly Smith, has arrived to celebrate the festival's 50th season and will run, in repertory with other works, through Oct. 30.
My Fair Lady is described as "an innovative and fresh reinterpretation" of the classic about a flower girl schooled by a dialectician/grammarian. The cast includes Deborah Hay as Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, Benedict Campbell as phonetics professor Henry Higgins, Patrick Galligan as Colonel Pickering and Neil Barclay as Alfred Doolittle, with Kyle Blair, Alexandre Brillon, Celeste Brillon, Saccha Dennis, Sharry Flett, Jeff Irving, Patty Jamieson, Gabrielle Jones, Billy Lake, Colin Lepage, Anthony Malarky, Heather McGuigan, Katie Murphy, Melanie Phillipson, Louie Rossetti, Kiera Sangster, Jonathan Tan, Jacqueline Thair, Devon Tullock, Aidan Tye, Mark Uhre, Robin Evan Willis, Luka Vujic, Kelly Wong and Kellan Ziffle.
To check out a sneak peek of My Fair Lady, look below: