Rupert Everett to Return to West End in Pygmalion, Opposite Kara Tointon

News   Rupert Everett to Return to West End in Pygmalion, Opposite Kara Tointon
 
Rupert Everett, last seen onstage on Broadway when he starred in Blithe Spirit opposite Angela Lansbury at the Shubert Theatre in 2009, will reprise the role of Professor Henry Higgins in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in a production first seen at Chichester Festival Theatre last year.

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett Photo by Aubrey Reuben

It will begin performances at the West End's Garrick Theatre May 12, prior to an official opening May 25, for a season that is booking through Sept. 3.

Everett is joined by Kara Tointon, who will play Eliza Dolittle. Tointon is best known for her TV role as Dawn Swann in "EastEnders" and as the winner of the reality celebrity TV dance contest show "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2010 with her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev.

The production is directed and designed by Philip Prowse.

In Pygmalion, the egocentric Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins (Everett) makes a bet with his friend, the amiable Colonel Pickering (played by Peter Eyre, also reprising his role from Chichester), that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Tointon) and pass her off as a lady in society.

Everett is best known for his film work,  including "The Next Best Thing," "An Ideal Husband," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Dance With A Stranger" and "Another Country." He also features in the comedy "Wild Target," directed by Jonathan Lynn, due to be released this summer. His London stage work includes the original production of Another Country and Coward's The Vortex.

Further casting is to be announced. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4662, or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.

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