My Fair Lady to Close 30 Aug 03

My Fair Lady to Close 30 Aug 03

Report updated Thur 1 May 03

My Fair Lady, which was booking to 20 Dec 03 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, has now posted closing notices for Sat 30 Aug 03.

Cameron Mackintosh's production of My Fair Lady, produced in association with the Royal National Theatre, originally opened in the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2001, where it ran for three months, before transferring to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2001 where it recouped its entire capitalization in a record-breaking 18 weeks after opening in the West End. The production has made profits in excess of £2 million.

Sir Cameron said: "My Fair Lady has always been one of my favourite musicals, so I have been thrilled with the huge success of this production, which has run even longer than the first time I did the show in 1978.

The current cast includes: Laura Michelle Kelly (Eliza Doolittle) , Anthony Andrews ('Professor Henry Higgins'), Stephen Moore (Colonel Hugh Pickering') Michael Xavier (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Patsy Rowlands (Mrs Pearce), Russ Abbot (Alfred P Doolittle ) Hannah Gordon (Mrs. Higgins).

"My Fair Lady", has music by Frederick Loewe, book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner based on "Pygmalion" by Bernard Shaw.

It is directed by Trevor Nunn, designed by Anthony Ward with lighting by David Hersey and choreography by Matthew Bourne.

The story concerns Henry Higgins, an opinionated linguistics professor and confirmed bachelor, who makes a wager with a colleague that within six months he can transform a cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who can take her place in high society. He wins the bet, but doesn't bargain for the profound effect she has on his life.

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