BBC Proms to Include My Fair Lady at London's Royal Albert Hall, Starring Anthony Andrews
20 Apr 2012
The annual BBC Proms season at London's Royal Albert Hall, which is mainly a celebration of classical music, is to include a semi-staged concert version of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, which will take place July 14.
The performance will feature Anthony Andrews, making his Proms debut as Professor Henry Higgins, a role he previously played during the last London revival of the show at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, directed by Trevor Nunn. Eliza Doolittle will be played by Annalene Beechey. It will be directed by Shaun Kerrison, with musical accompaniment by the John Wilson Orchestra under the baton of Wilson.
Other theatre-related Proms include a semi-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard, taking place Aug. 19, that will be directed by Martin Duncan, with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Jane Glover; and a late-night celebration of composer Ivor Novello's work, taking place Aug. 9 that is narrated by Simon Callow, with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
The concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and sometimes televised.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.