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My Fair Lady announces lead casting for West End run

Bartlett Sher's production runs at the London Coliseum

Vanessa Redgrave, Amara Okereke, Harry Hadden-Paton and Sharif Afifi
© Left: Dan Wooller, centre right: David Gordon

The cast for My Fair Lady in the West End has been revealed.

In the titular role is award-winning performer Amara Okereke (Spring Awakening, The Boy Friend) as Eliza, alongside Harry Hadden-Paton (returning to the role following his turn on Broadway) as Henry Higgins.

Also in the cast are WhatsOnStage Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave (The Inheritance) as Mrs Higgins and Sharif Afifi (Hadestown) as Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Maureen Beattie will play Mrs Pearce.

Bartlett Sher's production features scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg, hair and wigs by Tom Watson, musical direction by Gareth Valentine, musical supervision by Ted Sperling and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. The show is produced by Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, Playful Productions and the English National Opera.

The score, which features such standards as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and "On the Street Where You Live", will be performed by the English National Opera orchestra.

The musical first debuted on Broadway in March 1956, taking home six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and transferring to the West End in 1958 for a five and a half year run.

My Fair Lady is scheduled to begin previews at the Coliseum on 7 May 2022, ahead of an opening night on 18 May. Tickets are on sale below.

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