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- First night for flower girl McCutcheon , flu permitting
MY FAIR LADY opens tonight at The National Theatre's Lyttelton. Eastenders star Martine McCutcheon, if she recovers from flu in time, plays the cockney flower girl opposite RSC actor Jonathan Pryce. Cameron Mackintosh already has plans for a West End transfer.
The tale of professor Henry Higgins' determination to turn working class Eliza into a lady is adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. The award winning 1956 musical originally starred Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, before Audrey Hepburn made the part her own in the screen version.
This time Matthew Bourne of Adventures in Motion Pictures choreographs while Trevor Nunn directs. Nunn has changed Pygmalion's ending, and the production promises a fresh take on Shaw's class-conscious story. Unlike her well-bred predecessors, McCutcheon has no need to dumb down her accent but has had to learn to speak posh instead.