This August and September the Sydney Opera House will welcome Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, where a classic take on the original 1956 production will come to life. Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the production has been in the making for the past seven years, with contributors aiming to recreate the classic play and re-introdude Oliver Smith‘s flawless sets and Cecil Beaton‘s stunning costumes. And this week the cast has been revealed.
My Fair Lady follows the story of flower child Eliza Doolittle and the change in her life when cultures collide and she meets the brilliant and witty Professor Higgins. This adaption of My Fair Lady has been created with an all-star cast, with Julie Andrews, who featured in the original 1956 production, taking the role of director, with John Frost and Lyndon Terracing acting as producers. They will also be joined by Tony-award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, musical director Guy Simpson, renowned lighting design expert Richard Philbrow and sound design by Michael Waters.
Headlining the production will be British actor and three time Oliver award winner Alex Jennings, who will play the role of Professor Higgins, while rising Australian actress Anna O’Byrne will be returning from her successful West End career to take on the role of Eliza Doolittle. O’Byrne can currently be seen in the UK production of Guys and Dolls. Expressing her delight on the chosen cast for the production and praising the talent of Australian actors and actresses, Julie Andrews explained “I am thrilled to be working with this extraordinary cast and crew. Having the opportunity to meet so many actors during the auditions opened my eyes to the vast amount of talent in Australia.”
A preview of the production will take place on August 30, with opening night commencing on September 6. Performances will be running from in the Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre August 30 until September 7, with a selection of matinees shows available. Ticket prices start from $89.90, and you can find further event details here.