Jewel of a musical

My Fair Lady at Buxton Opera House. Laura Orton as Eliza, dressed ready to go to the Embassy Ball. Photo contributed.
My Fair Lady at Buxton Opera House. Laura Orton as Eliza, dressed ready to go to the Embassy Ball. Photo contributed.

AN AWARD-WINNING production company has gathered together an impressive cast to present a jewel of musical theatre at Buxton Opera House — with all its show-stopping songs.

My Fair Lady, by Present Company, based on the script which Gabriel Pascal prepared for his 1935 motion picture of G B Shaw’s Pygmalion, will be performed at the Water Street venue on January 21 and January 22 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Artistic Director Jean Gemmell said: “My Fair Lady is a musical that has been immensely popular ever since it was written, as indeed was the George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion from which much of the dialogue was taken word for word.”

My Fair Lady tells the tale of Professor Higgins, who sets out to teach a common flower girl how to speak like a lady in a shop.

He accepts a bet from his friend Col. Pickering that he can take this “squashed cabbage leaf” out of the gutter and pass her off as a princess at the Embassy Ball.

As Eliza Doolittle progresses through the lusty Cockney knees-up of Covent Garden, and the languid gavotte of Ascot, to the glitter of the ballroom, Higgins does indeed succeed.

He turns a rebellious guttersnipe into a consort fit for a king, only to find that he cannot live without her.

Leading the cast of over 30, David Walters, who plays Professor Henry Higgins, is no stranger to the professor’s world of dialects and voice coaching, having sung the role at Nottingham Playhouse and at Buxton Opera House previously.

The role of Eliza Doolittle is sung by Laura Orton, who is making her debut at Buxton Opera House and who played the role last March in Loughborough.

Tickets, ranging from £11.50 to £17, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.