My Fair Lady
Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society
Theatre Royal Bath
Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society are resident at the Theatre Royal this week with the iconic musical My Fair Lady.
Based on the classic play “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw; Eliza Dolittle is a cockney flower girl in Covent Garden who is plucked from obscurity by Professor Higgins as part of a bet to turn her into Lady in 6 months.
There is a dated feel about the brutality of Higgins and his attitude towards Eliza. However, this is a period piece which in itself cannot be changed.
Steve Huggins (Professor Higgins) turns in a strong central performance alongside a blustering sidekick in Huw Morgan (Colonel Pickering). Madeleine Woolgar (Eliza Dolittle) is a feisty and impressive leading lady who is left wondering what her life has become. No longer belonging to either her flower girl beginnings or the upper class she was trained to mimic. Sean Bailey (Freddy Eynsford – Hill) is an entertaining love-lorn suitor.
The orchestra are under the fine control of Peter Blackwood whilst the production is directed by Tristan Carter.
Costume and hair (Carol Norton, Lynda Elvin and Jenny Reed) is spot on with attention to detail and the Ascot scene is certainly impressive.
The show runs until Saturday.