“All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night’s air…” battling through snow and sleet to get to The Birmingham Hippodrome I couldn’t have agreed more with Eliza Doolittle but, having taken our red velvet seat in the stalls it’s fair to say we were left with “warm hands, warm face, warm feet” and warm hearts from a production that was simply “Loverly”.
Following a successful run in London’s West End, The Lincoln Center Theatre’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning production of My Fair Lady is running at Birmingham’s Hippodrome until the 19th of March and truly is a show not to be missed.
If you’re not familiar with the story…
My Fair Lady tells the story of a bet to turn a common Covent Garden flower girl into the toast of London’s upper classes and, although Eliza’s elocution and deportment are transformed, her heart and strength remain the same.
With song after wonderful song, this sumptuous production wraps its arms around you in the warmest of hugs. Standout moments include I Could Have Danced All Night, Get Me to the Church on Time, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly and The Ascot Gavotte, “Come on Dover, move your blummin…” The full cast comes together to create such charming tableaus on Michael Yeargan’s impressive sets that are evocative of Edwardian England but stand out credit must go to Charlotte Kennedy as the delightful Eliza Doolittle and Michael D. Xavier as the infuriating Henry Higgins. World-famous soprano Lesley Garret adds to the comedy as Mrs. Pearce as does John Middleton as the kindly Colonel Pickering and adds an extra layer of warmth and compassion to the piece.
Absolutely Loverly! My Fair Lady is a five-star stand-out show that’s worth braving the cold for!
Tickets for My Fair Lady are available at https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/