My Fair Lady (2011)

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My Fair Lady was performed at The Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, between Monday 30th May and Saturday 4th June 2011.

The Story of My Fair Lady

At heart, My Fair Lady is a touching fairy tale, the story of a bedraggled Covent Garden flower girl being almost magically transformed into a “Lady in a very short time. This happened as a result of a wager between two language and dialect experts, Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering who accidentally meet outside Covent Garden and encounter Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl. Higgins boasts that he could teach Eliza to speak well enough to pass her off at a forthcoming Embassy Ball.

The story unfolds as Higgins undertakes the task, carefully watched by Pickering. Alfred P Doolittle, Eliza’s ne’er do well father, pays a visit to Higgin’s home in Wimpole Street on the premise of liberating his daughter, when in actual fact he recognises the chance of making some money. Higgins is amused enough by the man’s gall and sends him away with £5. Eliza has great trouble with her vowel sounds, and is deprived of meals until she gets them right. Suddenly all seems to fall into place and her first public appearance is at Ascot Races. There she meets Freddie Eynsford – Hill.

Her next outing is to the Embassy Ball and this proves to be the triumph everybody hoped for. In the midst of the celebrations, Eliza is forgotten and she begins to wonder what will become of her. Higgins appears to have lost interest in her and during the night she packs and leaves. Higgins and Pickering are unsettled by her disappearance, not knowing that Eliza has taken shelter with Higgin’s mother. He only discovers this when he visits his mother and is shocked by Eliza’s independence. He also begins to realise that he really misses Eliza but hates himself for having to admit it. When Eliza does return to his home, they both realise that the relationship has changed.

Musical Numbers

Why Can’t The English?
When A Little Bit Of Luck
I’m An Ordinary Man
With A Little Bit Of Luck
Just You Wait
The Servants Chorus
The Rain In Spain
I Could Have Danced All Night
Ascot Gavotte
On The Street Where You Live
You Did It
Show Me
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly
Get Me To The Church On Time
Hymn to Him
I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face

The Cast & Crew

The Cast

Eliza Doolittle – Charlotte Dolling
Professor Higgins – Kevin Chatten
Alfred Doolittle – Dan Mee
Colonel Pickering – Martin Holtom
Freddy Eynsford-Hill – Rob Harrison
Mrs. Pearce – Mina Machin
Mrs Higgins – Carolyn Smith
Mrs. Eynsford Hill – Jane Cottee

The Chorus

Anna Town, Beth Yearsley, Cathy Chatten, Cheryl Camm, Dan Bates, Dorothy Woodall, Gary Peake, Gina Coventry, Gordon Fry, Heather Gilbert, Helen Nuttall, James Capel, Jane Cottee, Jenny Allen, Leon Radford, Mick Green, Mollie Harwood, Rachel Patti, Rachel Pinhorn, Roma Drinkwater, Ruth Maddison, Stephanie Gray-Blest, Tom Paulson, Trevor Fry

The Production Team

Director – Matt Fry
Musical Director – Russ Singleton
Choreographer – Craig Butterworth
Assistant Director – Lisa Smith
Rehearsal Pianist – Weifeng Jiang, Morris Fisher, Kendra Korte
Stage Manager – Garry Smith
Assistant Stage Manager – Louis Ogando
Lighting – Mike Beedham
Sound – Sean Renshaw
Costumes – Mina Machin
Front Of House Manager – Jane Hough
Prompt – John Maddison
Set Construction – Mike Cottee
Set Construction – David Hinchliffe
Set Designer – Celia Birch