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Director reveals why production of My Fair Lady by Lichfield Operatic Society is a family affair

Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle hasn’t much of a family in the show My Fair Lady, just her dustman Dad – but Lichfield Operatic Society’s production of the show next month is turning into a real family affair.

Emma Hill, who makes her directorial debut with the company, actually played Eliza 15 years ago.

Emma Hill

Emma Hill

Emma’s maiden name was Rainsford and parents Martin and Pauline are both in the show.

Her husband Ed Hill is working backstage, brother Stephen Rainsford is lighting designer and brother-in-law James Pugh is playing Colonel Pickering.

Emma said: “I was really excited when Lichfield Operatic Society asked me to direct, especially on a show that means so much to me.

“We have an incredibly talented cast who have been working hard to put on a great show and I can’t wait for our audiences to see it.”

Lichfield Operatic’s production features Vickie Beck as Eliza, Richard Poynton as Henry, Chris Stanley as Dootlittle and James Pugh as Pickering.

Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is a poignant and timeless musical sure to make audiences laugh and cry.

Set in 1912 London, the musical follows the story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins. She works night and day so that she may speak English “properly,” and transform into a lady respected and adored by all classes.

Featuring classic show tunes such as Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live, this production for all the family is not to be missed.

My Fair Lady runs at the Lichfield Garrick from September 25 to 29, at 7.30pm, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets can be booked by calling 01543 412121 or visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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