Casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Bartlett Sher’s critically acclaimed and multi award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe’s much loved MY FAIR LADY.
Award-winning West End and Broadway star and two-time Olivier Award nominee Michael D. Xavier will play Henry Higgins and Charlotte Kennedy will star as Eliza Doolittle. Charlotte made her professional debut in Les Miserables in the West End and most recently played the role of Cosette.
Best known for playing Ian Beale in EastEnders, Adam Woodyatt will play Alfred P. Doolittle, Heather Jackson will reprise her role as Mrs Higgins which she is currently playing at the London Coliseum, John Middleton will play Colonel Pickering. John is best known for his part in ITV’s Emmerdale as Ashley Thomas, a role which he remained in from 1996 to 2017 and Opera superstar Lesley Garrett will play Mrs Pearce. Lesley is Britain’s best-known soprano, regularly appearing in opera, musical theatre, concert, on television and CD. Tom Liggins made his professional debut in the West End run of My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum. On tour he will play the role of Freddy Eynsford-Hill.
They will be joined by Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Emma Johnson, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominique Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak and Paul Westwood as the ensemble. Further casting will be announced in due course.
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.”
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. Following this success, the production transferred to London in 1958, where it played in the West End for five and a half years.
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Thursday 22 September – Sunday 2 October
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
Thursday 6 October – Sunday 30 October
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tuesday 8 November – Saturday 26 November
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
Wednesday 14 December – Saturday 7 January
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Thursday 12 January – Sunday 29 January 2023
Tuesday 7 March – Saturday 22 March
The Marlowe, Canterbury
Tuesday 20 June – Saturday 1 July