Jonathan Pryce has been confirmed to play Professor Henry Higgins in the National Theatre's new production of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical My Fair Lady, with recording artist and former soap star Martine McCutcheon cast opposite him as Eliza Doolittle. The production, which will open at the NT Lyttelton on 15 March 2001 (previews from 5 March), is the first London revival of the show in 20 years. It is presented in association with Cameron Mackintosh, directed by NT artistic director Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Matthew Bourne of Adventures in Motion Pictures fame.

The award-winning 1956 musical, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, is adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. An opinionated linguistics professor, Henry Higgins, sets out to prove that he can turn anyone into a lady. He chooses as his specimen one cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, and introduces her to high society.

Following stage success in both New York and London, the musical was made into a film in 1964, directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. The famous score includes 'I Could Have Danced All Night', 'Wouldn't It Be Loverly', 'I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face,' 'Why Can't the English' and 'The Rain in Spain.'

Pryce's musical stage roles include The Engineer in Miss Saigon, which he originated in the West End and on Broadway, and Fagin in Oliver!. His other stage credits include Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre), The Seagull (Queen's) and numerous productions for the RSC. On film, Pryce has appeared in Evita!, Stigmata, Ronin, Carrington, The Age of Innocence, Glengarry Glen Ross and Jumping Jack Flash, amongst many others.

McCutcheon is best known for her long-running role as Tiffany on the BBC soap EastEnders, and for her success since as a recording artist with hit singles such as 'Perfect Moment' and 'I've Got You'. Pryce and McCutcheon are joined in the cast by Nicholas Le Provost and Mark Umbers.

Nunn has directed many of London's successful musicals including Oklahoma!, Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard. Bourne is best known as the co-founder and choreographer of Adventures in Motion Pictures whose acclaimed dance productions include Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Car Man, currently at the Old Vic.

My Fair Lady is designed by Anthony Ward with lighting by David Hersey and sound by Paul Groothuis. The musical supervisor is David White, musical director Nick Davies and orchestrator William D Brohn, with original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett.