CAMERON MACKINTOSH AND THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S AWARD WINNING WEST END PRODUCTION OF "MY FAIR LADY" DIRECTED BY TREVOR NUNN WITH MUSICAL STAGING BY MATTHEW BOURNE BEGINS AN EXCLUSIVE TWELVE CITY NATIONAL UK TOUR PRIOR TO ITS AMERICAN OPENING IN CELEBRATION OF THE SHOWS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Hailed by the Daily Mail as "the revival against which all others will be measured", and the Daily Telegraph as "probably the greatest musical of all time" Cameron Mackintosh and the National Theatre's landmark production of Lerner & Loewe's "MY FAIR LADY" originally directed by Trevor Nunn with musical staging by Matthew Bourne and sets and costumes by Anthony Ward will commence an exclusive twelve city UK tour at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Wednesday 5 October, following previews from Wednesday 28 September. The tour will then visit the Hippodrome Theatre Birmingham, opening on Tuesday 15 November, following performances from Wednesday 9 November with further UK dates to be announced before its arrival in North America in 2006.
"MY FAIR LADY" originally opened at the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2001, where it ran for three months, before it transferred to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2001. The production opened to a record-breaking advance in the history of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and went on to win a total of five Laurence Olivier Awards, including 'Outstanding Musical Production', 'Best Theatre Choreographer', Matthew Bourne and 'Best Actor in a Musical' for Alex Jennings and 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Martine McCutcheon and Joanna Riding, in 2002 it also received The Hilton Award for Outstanding Musical Production.
"MY FAIR LADY" has book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe and is adapted from Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture.
To launch the UK tour, CHRISTOPHER CAZENOVE will star as 'Professor Higgins', RUSS ABBOT as 'Alfred P Doolittle' and HONOR BLACKMAN as 'Mrs Higgins'. The search for the new Eliza is now on.
CHRISTOPHER CAZENOVE made his London theatre debut in "The Lionel Touch" with Rex Harrison. Other West End productions include "The Winslow Boy", "An Ideal Husband" and "Brief Encounter". His TV credits include "The Regiment", "The Duchess of Duke Street" and "Dynasty" and his film credits include "Zulu Dawn", "Three Men and a Little Lady" and "A Knight's Tale". RUSS ABBOT has starred in his own television series', including "Russ Abbot's Madhouse" and "The Russ Abbot Show". His West End stage work includes starring in "Little Me", "Oliver!", "Caught in the Net" and " Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". HONOR BLACKMAN has had a long and varied career in film, television and theatre, most famously remembered as 'Cathy Gale' in "The Avengers" and as 'Pussy Galore' in the Bond film "Goldfinger".
Cameron Mackintosh said "MY FAIR LADY has always had a special place in my heart ever since I saw Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in the original Drury Lane production when I was 13. It inspired me to produce two hugely successful new productions of my own. The first in 1979, directed by Alan J Lerner himself, and the recent triumphant reinvention by Trevor Nunn, Matthew Bourne and Anthony Ward, which broke box office records at Drury Lane. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the show's creation in 1956, I am delighted to bring a wonderful new cast to thrill new audiences and old friends with its brilliant, witty and timeless score and even more timely story of a girl from the gutter being given the chance to prove that she's naturally the fairest lady of them all ? Pop Idol eat your heart out!"
David Ian said "I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing this production of "MY FAIR LADY" to the Palace Theatre in Manchester. It's the perfect venue to kick off what I believe will be a fantastic UK tour. "MY FAIR LADY" was a great success at first the Royal National Theatre and then the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and its so exciting to be taking it around the country. We're lucky enough to have one of the finest creative teams behind this show and have brought in a superb new cast for this international tour."
"MY FAIR LADY" is directed by Trevor Nunn and has choreography and musical staging by Matthew Bourne, with sets and costumes designed by Anthony Ward and lighting by David Hersey. The musical supervisor is Stephen Brooker and the orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with the dance-music arranged by Chris Walker. The sound is by Paul Groothuis.
Cameron Mackintosh/National theatre production of Lerner and Loewe's "MY FAIR LADY" is produced by David Ian for Clear Channel Entertainment , NETworks Presentations and Cameron Mackintosh.