My Fair Lady

May 2009


Acorn Antiques 2015 Mack & Mabel 2014 Masquerade 2013 Titanic The Musical 2012

Acorn Antiques 2015

It was Curtain Up! on a new era for Denmead Operatic Society as we presented "Acorn Antiques The Musical", by Victoria Wood - our first show under the new name of Curtain Up! Productions at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 25th-27th June 2015.

Mack & Mabel 2014

Mack and Mabel, the story of the relationship between early film producer Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand, was presented at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 15th-17th May 2014.

Masquerade 2013

This was an exciting new venture: presenting our very own show, written especially for us by Ian Clark, at the Park Community School in Havant from 29th May to 1st June 2013.

Titanic The Musical 2012

To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we presented this spectacular musical at the Park Community School from 6th-9th June 2012. It was a great success and we won a NODA Accolade of Excellence for the production.

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What's next?

We are reprising our 2010 production of 'Allo 'Allo at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 9th to 11th June. This is the stage version of the hilarious BBC TV series of the same name, set in France during the second world war. Click here to find out more about the show and buy your tickets.

2015 John Westbrook Award

As Hilary Westbrook, John's widow, could not attend any of the Acorn Antiques performances due to prior commitments, she delegated the nomination of the John Westbrook Award for 2015 to Val Sykes. Val chose to award the trophy to Mandy Clowes, saying: 'When there are not so many people on stage, each member of the supporting cast is clearly visible and it is extra important to give it everything. Mandy was always fully involved om each scene she was in, acting and reacting to others very well. I loved the three backing "beehive" singers number and she was clearly really enjoying it,'

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Mandy Clowes receives 2015 John Westbrook Award

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My Fair Lady
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Havant Arts Centre, Havant

My Fair Lady 2009
My Fair Lady 2009
My Fair Lady 2009

My Fair Lady 2009
My Fair Lady 2009
My Fair Lady 2009
My Fair Lady 2009

Produced, Directed and Choreographed
Ian Clark

Musical Director
Lou Bundy


Main Characters

Mrs Eynsford-Hill - Liz Bradbury
Eliza Doolittle - Sue Applin
Freddy Eynsford-Hill - Ian Clark
Colonel Pickering - Mike Powell
Henry Higgins - Kerry Applin
Bartender - Paul Catcheside
Harry - Richard Smith
Jamie - Julian Sykes
Alfred P. Doolittle - Steve Bradbury
Mrs Pearce - Kaye Lee-Wright
Mrs Hopkins - Patricia Cahill
Butler - Peter Lindsay
Mrs Higgins - Ann Dent-Smith
Zoltan Karpathy - Paul Catcheside


Assorted Buskers, Bystanders, Cockneys, Servants, Lords & Ladies and other characters

Rebecca Applin, Milena Bobeva, Liz Bradbury,
Megan Brand, Dawn Burnett, Patricia Cahill,
Kym Chalker, Stephanie Clark, Mandy Clowes,
Christine Cox, Nadine Darnley, Ann Dent-Smith,
Hilary Glanville, Claire Jarman, Kaye Lee-Wright,
Bronwyn Mason, Meryl Moore, Linda Singleton,
Samantha Spivey, Valerie Sykes,
Pat White, Sarah Winship

Steve Bradbury, Paul Catcheside, Ian Clark, John Dalby,
Peter Lindsay, Dennis Mason, Richard Smith,
Julian Sykes

About My Fair Lady

An unlikely success story, the show is based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion (1913) in which he explored the themes of social inequality, hypocrisy and respectability. He was a socialist whose beliefs were fundamental to his work, which can sometimes make his plays difficult for modern audiences, but the adaptation by Lerner and Loewe expands the wit and humour of Shaw and adds the element of romance and tenderness lacking in the original.

When My Fair Lady opened on Broadway in 1956, it was an instant hit and set a record for the time, running for 2,717 performances. It was just as successful when it moved to the West End in 1958 and its popularity received another boost with the release of the film of the show in 1964, starring the delightful Audrey Hepburn.

In both show and film, Rex Harrison played the difficult and egocentric Professor Henry Higgins to perfection. The tension between him and Eliza is not only that of teacher and pupil, but also shows Eliza's struggle to make him see her as a person, not just an interesting experiment.

The "knees up" Cockney sequences are in robust contrast to the hothouse atmosphere of the Higgins' house, and the whole show is full of singable numbers for both the chorus and main characters. Higgins' songs (such as "Why Can't The English") rattle along, full of his own importance, until he realises that he may have lost Eliza, and then he sings with real feeling the poignant "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face". Freddy has only one song, but oh, what a song - "On The Street Where You Live" - ardent and tuneful. The ebullient Doolittle's philosophy is summed up in "With a Little Bit of Luck", but Eliza quite rightly has a whole range of numbers which chart her progress from street seller to fair lady. These include "Wouldn't it be Loverly", "Just You Wait" and the all-time favourite, "I Could Have Danced All Night".

The lasting appeal of My Fair Lady is partly because it is a Cinderella story, but there is no Prince Charming. Real life constantly breaks in and Eliza herself retains her integrity to the end. Does she marry Higgins? Shaw said not, but Alan Jay Lerner says in his notes to the show "I am not sure he is right."

My Fair Lady 2009
My Fair Lady 2009

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