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The Verdict Reviews: What Did London Critics Think of Bartlett Sher's My Fair Lady?

The revival, which transferred from Broadway, opened its West End run May 18.

Marc Brenner

Reviews are in from the London critics for Bartlett Sher's revival of My Fair Lady, which transferred to the West End's London Coliseum following a 2018-2019 Broadway run at The Lincoln Center. The production officially opened May 18, following previews which began May 7.

Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs the cast starring the previously reported Amara Okereke (Spring Awakening, Les Misérables) as Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton (Downton Abbey, Flying Over Sunset) in a reprisal of his Tony-nominated performance as Henry Higgins. Dame Vanessa Redgrave plays Mrs. Higgins, Maureen Beattie as Mrs. Pearce, Sharif Afifi as Freddie Eynesford-Hill, Stephen K. Amos as Alfred P. Doolittle, and Olivier nominee Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Pickering.

Read the reviews here.

The Arts Desk (Mert Dilek)

British Theatre (Douglas Mayo)

Culture Whisper (Holly O'Mahony)

Daily Mail (Patrick Marmion)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

The Independent (Isobel Lewis)

iNews (Sam Marlowe)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

The Stage (David Benedict)

Tatler (Annabel Sampson)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Theatre Weekly (Greg Stewart)

Time Out (Alice Saville)

The Times (Dominic Maxwell)

The Upcoming (Michael Higgs)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady has a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The classic score includes “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

The production also includes ensemble members Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Heather Jackson, Emma Johnson, Charlotte Kennedy, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg, Tom Liggins, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominique Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak, and Paul Westwood.

The staging features the English National Opera Orchestra, with the creative team comprising of designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Marc Salzberg, hair and wigs designer Tom Watson, musical director Gareth Valentine, musical supervisor Ted Sperling, and choreographer Christopher Gattelli.

Zuber's costume design for the revival earned a Tony Award. The production received nine additional Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Lauren Ambrose’s performance as Cockney flower seller-turned-“proper lady” Eliza Doolittle.

ENO produces the engagement alongside LCT, James L. Nederlander, Jamie Wilson, Hunter Arnold, and Playful Productions.


See New Production Photos of My Fair Lady in The West End


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