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My Fair Lady in Leeds

Poster showing thr title My Fair Lady

Opera North and Leeds Playhouse are getting together on a major new production of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical My Fair Lady in the spring.

Leeds Playhouse artistic director, James Brining, will direct the new production of the much-loved musical, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion.

The show follows Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady”. But who is really being transformed?

Conducted by Oliver Rundell, the production will feature members of the Opera North orchestra and chorus performing classic songs such as I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me to the Church on Time and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.

Casting will be announced in the New Year and will draw from the multi-talented chorus of Opera North, as well as guest actors.

Recent musical theatre collaborations between tge two companies include critically-acclaimed revivals of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (2016) and A Little Night Music (2021/22). My Fair Lady will reunite the Night Music creative team of James Brining and designer Madeleine Boyd.

Brining said: “My Fair Lady is a show bursting with heart and energy, featuring emotionally-charged songs that always ignite powerful emotions – particularly when performed by the orchestra and chorus of Opera North."

General Director of Opera North Laura Canning added: “My Fair Lady is an enduringly popular work and we are so excited to return to Leeds Playhouse to present the show. It will be an absolute joy to watch, with the ravishing sound of the Orchestra of Opera North playing Loewe’s magnificent score.”

More info and tickets here

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