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charles-edwardsThe Melbourne season of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews opens on May 12, 2017 at The Regent Theatre and tickets go on sale on Monday 10 October. 

Today producers Opera Australia’s Lyndon Terracini and John Frost announced the principal cast for the Melbourne season.

Joining the cast in Melbourne is acclaimed theatre, film and television actor Charles Edwards, as Professor Higgins.  Most recently Edwards appeared in the widely acclaimed television series Downton Abbey and the feature film Diana. He has played leading roles on Broadway and the West End and his theatre credits include The 39 Steps, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the lead role of Bertie in the original stage play of The King’s Speech.

The Melbourne cast also includes the outstanding principal performers currently playing to packed houses in Sydney: young star Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle, Reg Livermore will play the role of Alfred P. Doolittle, Robyn Nevin will play Mrs. Higgins and Mark Vincent will play Freddy Eynsford-Hill. The role of Colonel Hugh Pickering will be played by Tony Llewellyn-Jones and Deidre Rubenstein will play Mrs. Pearce.

My Fair Lady has received rave reviews for the premiere season at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House where it will continue playing until November 5:

‘Spectacle at every corner of the stage.’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Julie Andrews delivers bloomin’ lovely anniversary show’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Standing ovations, just magnificent entertainment.’ – Alan Jones, 2GB

‘Julie Andrews re-creates classic original with a show that truly sings’ – The Guardian

‘My Fair Lady’s combination of George Bernard Shaw’s dry, acerbic British wit and the emotional forthrightness of the American musical is undeniaby potent.’ – Daily Review

‘My Fair Lady stands head and shoulders above the crowd.’ – Limelight

Associates of the original design team joined together to help bring the stunning sets by Oliver Smith and glorious costumes by Cecil Beaton to life again.  Contributing to the creative team is Tony-award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, costume recreation John David Ridge, musical director Guy Simpson, lighting design by Broadway and West End legend Richard Pilbrow and sound design by Michael Waters.

This beloved musical which took the world by storm, tells the tale of a Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle whose world was forever changed by the brilliant and demanding phoneticist, Henry Higgins. The clash of cultures sparks some of theatre’s most witty dialogue and wonderful songs including Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, On The Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me to the Church on Time.

My Fair Lady will play at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre from 12 May 2017 and tickets go on sale next Monday 10 October.