They could dance all night

PUBLISHED: 14:55 03 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:29 16 June 2010

Axminster Operatic Society is busy rehearsing for My Fair Lady, one of the best loved musicals of all time. The musical s1956 Broadway production was a smash hit, setting a new record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history

Axminster Operatic Society is busy rehearsing for My Fair Lady, one of the best loved musicals of all time.

The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a smash hit, setting a new record for the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history.

It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals.

It has been called "the perfect musical".

The story concerns Eliza Doolittle (played by Alex McCullum), a feisty, highly spirited Cockney flower girl, who takes speech lessons from the aristocratic but unbelievably arrogant Professor Henry Higgins (played by Nick Lawrence) so that she can pass as a lady and follow her dream of working in a respectable flower shop on Tottenham Court Road. Higgins is doing it for personal glory and takes a delicious delight in making her life as difficult as possible in the learning process. Unsurprisingly, Higgins takes credit for Eliza's success, but she soon realises that she can be independent and no longer needs him.

It's a battle of wills, and it dawns on Higgins that he has met his match.

My Fair Lady boasts a wonderful ensemble of colourful characters, including Eliza's rogue and drunken father Alfred Doolittle (played by Nick Bussian), the bemused Colonel Pickering (played by Mike Jones), and the snooty ladies of high society, Mrs Eynsford-Hill (played by Tracey Dare) and Higgins' long suffering mother, Mrs Higgins (played by Jennifer McAllister).

Audiences will recognise many of the show-stopping songs such as the rousing Get Me To The Church On Time, I Could Have Danced All Night and the gorgeous On The Street Where You Live. Tickets are available from Archway Bookshop (telephone (01297) 33595) for the show which runs from November 18 to 21, 7.30pm nightly, including a Saturday matinee starting at 2.30pm.


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