My Fair Lady 2018
Performance dates: July 18, 20, 26, 28. August 2, 8, 10, 14, 18, 23, 28, 31. Hatchery Park Stage
The place is London, the time 1912.
Professor Henry Higgins has made a bet that Eliza Doolittle, a common cockney flower girl, can be passed off as royalty. But as Higgins succeeds in transforming her from urchin to lady, Eliza realizes she may not need his help after all, and Higgins may need her more than he thinks.
One of the greatest musicals of all time, My Fair Lady is a masterpiece of musical comedy, blending intellect, wit, and high spirits. The brilliant Lerner & Loewe score includes “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face.” Twelve loverly performances at the Hatchery Park Stage in the beautiful Icicle Valley.
Directed by Phil Lacey
Please note that infants and children under 5 are not admitted to LST shows.
People have different ideas about what material is appropriate, both for themselves and their families. This guide is provided to give you information to determine if the content of this production is suitable for you and your loved ones. Please be aware that this information is provided with the intent of disclosure, and therefore contains plot spoilers:
Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady debuted in 1956 and remains one of Broadway’s longest running musicals.
Eliza’s transformation from street girl to “My Fair Lady” illustrates differences in English dialect and language usage, as well as generalized separation of the social classes in early 20th-century England.
“Lowly” Eliza proves to be resilient, smart, and as worthy as London’s upper crust. Professor Higgins — who starts out as an egotistical, woman-hating professor — learns a powerful lesson about treating people with compassion and humanity. Set in a class-conscious world, the story portrays almost everyone — including servants, the poor, the educated,and the rich — as deserving of dignity and capable of great joy. The lone exception is Eliza’s father; but even Alfie Doolittle, a hard-drinking, materialistic ne’er-do-well, redeems himself by the end.
There is one humorous scene in which Eliza is forced against her will to bathe, probably for the very first time in her life. She howls and shrieks as she tries to avoid the bath, but the tone is comedic, not threatening. In one later scene, Eliza gets angry at Professor Higgins, throws his slippers at him, and raises a hand as if to strike him. Humorous references to beating a woman for misbehaving.
Henry Higgins says “Blast” and “Damn” , to show how crude he can be, and Eliza shouts “Move your bloody Arse!” during the Ascot horse race, shocking the rich and proper patrons.
Drinking, drugs, & smoking:
The lower class cockney people in Eliza’s background are depicted in a pub, drinking beer and an exuberant scene shows characters toasting as they prepare to attend a wedding. Henry and Colonel Pickering drink a glass of sherry before going to the ball to present Eliza. Professor Higgins also smokes a cigar.