THE popular stage musical, My Fair Lady, is being staged at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan from August 16 to 19. Considered one of the greatest American musicals of all time, My Fair Lady is set in London in 1912 in the time of the suffragettes, the height of the British empire, class struggle, Victorian morality and music hall.
Directly adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, it centres on Eliza Doolittle, a poor cockney flower girl who meets the upper class professional batchelor, Henry Higgins, a world famous phonetics expert.
She offers to pay him to teach her to speak proper English, as he has suggested the difference in class is simply perceived by the way in which people talk. A famous love story begins, with not one song of love, but many an argument and a completely honest story of people.
The cast is made up from pupils at St Anne’s Diocesan College and Michaelhouse.
The show is directed by William le Cordeur and features musical direction by Abri Venter.
Tickets for My Fair Lady, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, are R120. To book email Angela Jonsson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 033 234 1314 (weekdays between 8 am and 1 pm). Showtimes: Sunday, August 16 at 2 pm, and 7.30 pm on August 17, 18 and 19.