Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society to perform My Fair Lady at Theatre Royal

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 February 2018

Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

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One of the most acclaimed theatre companies in the South West is taking its latest show to Bath.

Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society (BODS) will perform My Fair Lady at Theatre Royal in Saw Close from Tuesday to February 24.

Based on Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady went on to break box office records in both London and New York.

Featuring a 40-strong cast of performers, the BODS production brilliantly tells the classic story in a way which will keep audiences enthralled from beginning to end.

Professor Henry Higgins (Steve Huggins) and his friend Colonel Pickering (Huw Morgan) encounter cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle (Madeleine Woolgar) in London’s Covent Garden.

Pickering issues Higgins with a challenge to teach Doolittle how to speak like a lady.

After a tricky start the lessons begin to work wonders with Doolittle’s speech completely transformed.

The show is being directed by Tristan Carter who is also the head of acting at Bath School of Acting and Curtain Up Theatre School.

My Fair Lady was announced as the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical back in 1957 while the 1964 film adaptation, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, won eight Oscars.

My Fair Lady features an instantly recognisable soundtrack including numbers such as I Could Have Danced All Night, The Rain In Spain, On The Street Where You Live and Get Me To The Church On Time.

Songs will be backed by a highly talented orchestra led by musical director Peter Blackwood, a conductor who has directed for more than 200 theatre productions.

His previous credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, The Witches Of Eastwick and West Side Story.

Originally called Bath Amateurs, BODS has won numerous prestigious awards such as the 2013 Rose Bowl Award for Best Opera for a production of The Mikado.

Performances will start at 7.30pm each night, although there will be matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday, and February 23 and 24.

Tickets, priced £15-33, are available from the box office on 01225 448844 or online at 
www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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