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My Fair Lady. The hottest ticket in Town!

Published by: Paul Tyree on 20th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

 

A Sheffield Theatres Production

My Fair Lady

Thu 13 December 2012 – Sat 26 January 2013

Presented at Crucible
Running time: 2 hours 55 mins (including an interval of 20 mins)  

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As could be predicted because of the public’s affection for this show many of the nights are already sold out in Sheffield, so if you’re looking to see this then you may have to seize the moment very quickly indeed before it’s lost forever.

Having not seen every show in every theatre in the land I can’t say that this is definitively the best, but I can predict that it is probably in the top 1 per cent and can expect to be picking up many awards from theatre land in the near future.

All of the cast are amazing, (more on that later) but the star of this show is undoubtedly Daniel Evans, the director. Having fashioned the best Shakespeare seen in Sheffield in 30 years with Macbeth several months ago, this then is his crowning glory and an announcement that as a director he is one of the best currently working in the industry.

This is just as good as it gets in terms of how effortless great acting and singing can be made to seem and yet what we don’t see are the many arduous hours making it look effortless and that often starts with the director. Special mention must also go to Alistair David the choreographer as this truly does resemble a ballet of sorts in many passages, such is the grace and complexity of much of the dance numbers.

Dominic West as Professor Higgins is simply wonderful, making both the acting but more importantly the singing feel completely natural and born of the story rather than added on. He is also a more suitable and believable foil for Eliza than Rex Harrison in the film version ( and a far far better singer to boot). Indeed much of this production reminds you of how wonderful and immediate theatre is and whilst the film version is marvellous, this really does give you the sense of just how amazing the original production must have felt to audiences when it was originally presented.

Indeed this, in many respects betters the film – it really is that good.

Carly Bawden as Eliza sings and acts the role perfectly. There isn’t a note or indeed foot wrong. Her singing voice is as good, if not better, than the one they dubbed onto Audrey Hepburn in the film, and Anthony Calf (better known as the boss in New Tricks, the TV series) is absolutely fantastic as Colonel Pickering.

With that being said and whilst much praise should indeed go to the leads, the real stars of this show are all the other actors on stage that pick up and carry this production, taking many roles, moving scenery and just giving their all to make every other part of this show appear seamless and that is no mean thing. Without them, no matter how good the leads were, this show simply would not exist. And so it is to the complete company of My Fair Lady that I raise my glass to this Christmas for making the last show of the year that I’ll see, the best one of the year.

Many many thanks to you all and Merry Christmas to one and all.

Merry Christmas.


Thu 20 Dec 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Thu 20 Dec 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Fri 21 Dec 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 22 Dec 2:30pm Captioned £20.00 Sold Out
Sat 22 Dec 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Mon 24 Dec 2:00pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Thu 27 Dec 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Thu 27 Dec 7:30pm   £30.00 Limited Availability
Fri 28 Dec 7:30pm   £30.00 Limited Availability
Sat 29 Dec 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Sat 29 Dec 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Mon 31 Dec 2:00pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Wed 2 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Thu 3 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Thu 3 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Fri 4 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 5 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Sat 5 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Tue 8 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Wed 9 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Wed 9 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Thu 10 Jan 7:30pm Audio Described, Signed £25.00 Book Tickets
Fri 11 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 12 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Sat 12 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Tue 15 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Wed 16 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Wed 16 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Thu 17 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Fri 18 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 19 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Sat 19 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Tue 22 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Wed 23 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Wed 23 Jan 7:30pm   £25.00 Book Tickets
Thu 24 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Fri 25 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 26 Jan 2:30pm   £20.00 Sold Out
Sat 26 Jan 7:30pm   £30.00 Book Tickets

 

 

Crucible

The Crucible is the main producing venue in the Sheffield Theatres complex. On occasion, the Crucible hosts touring work. The Crucible is also the home of the annual World Snooker Championship.
The performance area is a thrust stage which extends into the auditorium, enabling the audience to watch the action on three sides. No member of the audience is ever further than 22 metres from the stage, and the sightlines are excellent, offering equality of experience across the auditorium.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire , United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000

 

Comments

1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Wow! This really put the cherry on 2012 for you, Paul! How far is it to Sheffield from Glasgow ...??
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