My Fair Lady
Wouldn’t it be loverly to treat yourself to My Fair Lady tickets at the London Coliseum? In the heart of Eliza Doolittle’s Covent Garden, the Coliseum plays host to this award-winning Lincoln Center production. My Fair Lady the musical tickets are on sale now, and Lerner and Loewe’s musical masterpiece transfers from Broadway in style. With a sublime score played by the English National Opera orchestra (the largest in the West End), My Fair Lady London tickets are the perfect way to experience one of the great scores of the 20th Century. With a little bit of luck you’ll fall head over heels for Bartlett Sher’s stunning retelling of Eliza Doolittle’s transformation from Cockney flower-girl to Aristocrat. My Fair Lady theatre tickets are the perfect gift for theatre fans of all ages – whether you’re treating friends, looking for the best theatre seats for a family, or just treating yourself to a great night out in London, you can’t go wrong with tickets for My Fair Lady at the Coliseum.
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What’s My Fair Lady about?
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair lady is the tale of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower-girl. Spotted on the street by pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins, Eliza becomes an unwitting part of Higgins’ experiment to try to pass her off as a Duchess in British high society.
Higgins makes a bet with his friend, Colonel Pickering, that he can fool London’s upper classes, taking little account of what might happen to Eliza once his bet is won. On a trip to Ascot, Eliza’s beauty captures the heart of Freddy Eynsford-Hill, a young gentleman of means – but can he offer Eliza any more freedom than she has in her claustrophobic life with Professor Higgins?
My Fair Lady is far more than a rags-to-riches tale - Eliza Doolittle is a potent symbol of the enduring grasp that class had on British society in Shaw’s day; it’s a sign of how little has really changed that Eliza remains such a relatable character, and why we still root for her to triumph in a world of wealth and snobbery.
My Fair Lady songs
With one of the best-loved scores in musical theatre, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady includes the classic songs I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me to the Church on Time, Just You Wait, With A Little Bit of Luck, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, On the Street Where You Live, The Rain in Spain, Show Me and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.
My Fair Lady awards
This beautiful production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady premiered in spring 2018 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. It won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design along with 5 Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Best Musical Revival, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Revival, and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical Revival and Costume Design.
Five Things to know about My Fair Lady
We adore this classic rags-to-riches tale of Eliza Doolittle, a Covent Garden flower seller thrust into high society. Here are five fascinating facts we’ve uncovered about the West-End’s most socially mobile musical:
1. The George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion, upon which My Fair Lady is based, has its roots in Greek mythology. Roman poet Ovid took a tale from Greek folklore of a mythical sculptor who created a statue of the ideal woman, only to fall in love with his own creation.
2. George Bernard Shaw was none too keen on Pygmalion being turned into a musical. However, by the time Shaw died in 1950, producer Gabriel Pascal held the rights and approached Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II to write a musical version. The initial project came to nothing. Undeterred, Pascal then turned to librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe. At first, even Lerner and Loewe struggled, and for a time, the project was put to bed. However, fortunately for us all, in 1954, Lerner and Loewe came back to Shaw’s story and created one of the greatest musicals of the 20th Century.
3. The show was originally given the working title “Liza” and then “Lady Liza”. However, Rex Harrison objected to the title, believing it overlooked his character. Inspiration eventually came from an unexpected source – the song “London Bridge is Falling Down”. Harrison was satisfied with the new idea, and My Fair Lady was born.
4. Rex Harrison had definite views about how My Fair Lady should evolve. As a dedicated fan of Shaw’s writing, he would often refer to his Penguin edition of the play during rehearsals. Alan Jay Lerner became so use to Rex shouting “Where’s my penguin?” that one day, he visited a taxidermist and bought a stuffed penguin. The next time the familiar cry came, the bird was rolled onto the stage – much to the amusement of Harrison, who kept it in his dressing room for the remainder of My Fair Lady’s run.
5. The role of Eliza was played by Julie Andrews on stage. Controversially, when the movie was cast, the film’s producers overlooked her in favour of Audrey Hepburn (whose singing voice was dubbed by Marnie Nixon in the movie). However, Andrews had the last laugh when she was cast as Mary Poppins instead, winning the 1965 Best Actress Oscar, beating Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Debbie Reynolds and Kim Stanley.
What do critics think of My Fair Lady?
“A ROLLS ROYCE OF A REVIVAL” – Evening Standard
“SLICK AND ACCOMPLISHED…A DELIGHT” Time Out
“MAGNIFICENT AND RATHER MOVING” - The Express
“AMARA OKEREKE SHINES AS ELIZA DOOLITTLE” - The Independent
3 hours with one 20 minute interval
My Fair Lady creatives
Book and Lyrics – Alan Jay Lerner
Music – Frederick Loewe
Sets – Michael Yeargen
Lighting – Donald Holder
Sound – Marc Salzberg
Musical Director – Gareth Valentine
Choreography – Christopher Gattelli
Director – Bartlett Sher
A Lincoln Center Theater Production
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London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES
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Suitable For Children
5 years and over
No refunds or exchanges are available after purchase.
August 14, 2022
August 13, 2022
Absolutely fabulous show, thoroughly enjoyed it and would absolutely go to see it again!
August 12, 2022
Great show, great diction.