Reviews: What did London critics think of Bartlett Sher’s My Fair Lady?


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Reviews: What London critics thought of Bartlett Sher’s my lovely lady?

The revival, which transferred from Broadway, opened its West End run on May 18.

Marc Brenner

Reviews are coming in from London critics for Bartlett Sher’s cover of my lovely lady, which moved to the London Coliseum in the West End after a 2018-19 run on Broadway at Lincoln Center. Production officially began on May 18, following previews that began on May 7.

Tony winner Bartlett Sher leads the cast with Amara Okereke (Spring Awakening, Les Miserables) as Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton (Downton Abbey, flying over the sunset) in retaliation for his Tony-nominated performance as Henry Higgins. Dame Vanessa Redgrave plays Mrs. Higgins, Maureen Beattie as Mrs. Pearce, Sharif Afifi as Freddie Eynesford-Hill, Stephen K. Amos as Alfred P. Doolittle, and candidate Olivier Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Pickering.

Read the reviews here.

The Arts Office (Mert Dilek)

British Theater (Douglas Mayo)

Cultural Whisper (Holly O’Mahony)

Daily Mail (Patrick Marmion)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

The Independent (Isobel Lewis)

iNews (Sam Marlowe)

London Theater (Marianka Swain)

The Stage (David Benedict)

Tatler (Annabel Sampson)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Theater Weekly (Greg Stewart)

Time out (Alice Saville)

Time (Dominic Maxwell)

The Future (Michael Higgs)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Adapted from the play by George Bernard Shaw and the film by Gabriel Pascal Pygmalion, my lovely lady has book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The classical score includes “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me To Church On Time”, “Wouldn’t It Be In Love”, “On The Street Where You Live”, “The Rain in Spain” and “I got used to his face.

The production also includes ensemble members Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Heather Jackson, Emma Johnson, Charlotte Kennedy, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg , Tom Liggins, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominique Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak and Paul Westwood.

The staging features the English National Opera Orchestra, with the creative team comprising designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Marc Salzberg, hair and wig designer Tom Watson, musical director Gareth Valentine, musical supervisor Ted Sperling, and choreographer Christopher Gattelli.

Zuber’s costume design for the revival won a Tony Award. The production received nine other Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Lauren Ambrose’s performance as Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower seller turned “proper lady.” “.

ENO is producing the engagement alongside LCT, James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold and Playful Productions.

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Production photos: Danny Burstein and Christian Dante White in My Fair Lady


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