My Fair Lady – A Major New Production From Opera North

Opera North and Leeds Playhouse will present a major revival of the Lerner and Loewe award-winning musical My Fair Lady from 31 May.

Katie Bird (Eliza Doolittle) Ahmed Hamad (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) in My Fair Lady rehearsals © Pamela Raith

This strong ongoing partnership between the two Leeds cultural giants will see Leeds Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining direct a new production of this much-loved musical, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion.


John Hopkins (Henry Higgins)

Featuring Frederick Loewe’s ravishing score and wonderfully witty book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, the musical follows Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady”. But who is really being transformed?  

Katie Bird (Eliza Doolittle)

Conducted by Oliver Rundell, the production features members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North performing the beautiful live score including the classic songs ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, Get Me to the Church on Time’ and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’. 

Katie Bird (Eliza) with My Fair Lady company members Tom Smith, Satriya Krisna, Paul Gibson and Simon Grange

Recent musical theatre collaborations between Opera North and Leeds Playhouse include critically-acclaimed revivals of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (2016) and A Little Night Music (2021/22). My Fair Lady will reunite the A Little Night Music creative team of director James Brining and designer Madeleine Boyd

James Brining, Artistic Director, Leeds Playhouse: I am thrilled to be directing My Fair Lady and continuing our long-standing partnership with Opera North as we come together to create this iconic show. My Fair Lady is a show bursting with heart and energy featuring the most emotionally charged songs that always ignite powerful emotions, particularly when performed by the orchestra and the chorus of Opera North. This will be a production not to be missed.”

Director James Brining with Assistant Director Rosie Kat

Laura Canning, General Director, Opera North:  “My Fair Lady is an enduringly popular work of musical theatre and we are so excited to return to Leeds Playhouse next year to present this show, the latest in a hugely successful series of collaborations which bring together the forces of both Leeds Playhouse and Opera North. An incredible number of hit songs range from the comic ‘The Rain in Spain’ to the heart-felt romance of ‘On The Street Where You Live’, guaranteeing it will be an absolute joy to watch, with the ravishing sound of the Orchestra of Opera North playing Loewe’s magnificent Broadway score.” 

Production information: 

Lerner & Loewe’s  My Fair Lady 

Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner | Music by Frederick Loewe 
Original production directed and staged by Moss Hart 
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play & Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture ‘PYGMALION’  
Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International 

Quarry Theatre, Leeds Playhouse 

Fri 31 May – Sat 29 Jun 2024 (26 performances)
You can book your tickets here.

All photography by Pamela Raith. My Fair Lady rehearsals.

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