The London transfer of Lincoln Center Theater's 2018 revival of My Fair Lady closes August 27 at the London Coliseum. Performances began May 7 prior to an official opening May 18. Tony winner Bartlett Sher returned to direct. Read reviews for the London run here.
The cast is led by Amara Okereke (Spring Awakening, Les Misérables) as Eliza Doolittle with Harry Hadden-Paton (Downton Abbey, Flying Over Sunset) reprising his Tony-nominated performance as Henry Higgins. Heather Jackson portrayed Mrs. Higgins for the last leg of the run due to the Dame Vanessa Redgrave's early departure, citing COVID-19 related complications. Maureen Beattie and Sharif Afifi played Mrs. Pearce and Freddie Eynesford-Hill, respectively.
Rounding out the cast is Stephen K. Amos (My Night With Reg, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest) as Alfred P. Doolittle and Olivier nominee Malcolm Sinclair (Pressure) as Colonel Pickering, plus ensemble members Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Heather Jackson, Emma Johnson, Charlotte Kennedy, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg, Tom Liggins, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominique Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak, and Paul Westwood.
The production first premiered in 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater starring Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Diana Rigg, and Norbert Leo Butz. The production was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, taking home a Best Costume Design nod for Catherine Zuber.
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, the famed musical has a book and lyrics by Lerner and music by Loewe. The classic score includes “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.” My Fair Lady was last seen in a major London revival in 2001 from producer Cameron Mackintosh. The original Julie Andrews-led production transferred to London in 1958, going on to run for over five years.
The show is set to embark on a U.K. and Ireland tour beginning in September, visiting Bradford, Dublin, Cardiff, and Southampton. Additional cities and casting are to be announced.
The tour will be produced by James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions, and the English National Opera.The tour will feature set design by Michael Yeargan, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg, hair and wigs by Tom Watson, U.K. music supervision by Gareth Valentine, musical direction by Alex Parker, musical supervision by Ted Sperling, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.