As time passes, it's becoming increasingly clear just how little love was lost backstage between Trevor Nunn's original Eliza Doolittle Martine McCutcheon and her My Fair Lady fellows. The soap star's Professor Higgins, Jonathan Pryce, made his feelings abundantly clear to TV viewers of last year's Oliviers ceremony, grimacing when McCutcheon stepped forward to accept the Best Actress in a Musical award despite having performed less often than her understudy. This week producer Cameron Mackintosh - who transferred My Fair Lady to the West End's Theatre Royal Drury Lane and had previously been reported to be wooing McCutcheon for the title role in his planned production of Mary Poppins (See The Goss, 24 Jun 2002) - has nixed any further ideas of a reunion. "I'll never hire her again," Mackintosh said before adding, with stunning understatement, "You can't always rely on her." Of course, it's a fairly moot point. The lady herself has also spoken out to dish the dirt on her musical experience, saying it was so awful that it had put her off ever returning to the theatre (See The Goss, 10 Feb 2003). She's concentrating on conquering Hollywood instead. Just as well then.