Musical theatre’s Fairest Lady makes a glittering return for 2020

SHE’S the fairest lady in musical theatre history…and she makes her glorious return to South Yorkshire this spring in a an exciting new production from Theatre Impromptu.

Lerner and Loewe’s legendary My Fair Lady – the romantic comedy about a Cockney flower girl who’s elocution lessons make her the darling of high society – comes to Theatre Impromptu in Thurlstone from April 15 to 26 in a radically fresh and strikingly different international revival by acclaimed director Jonathan Walker-Kane.

The production will include some of the best known faces in South Yorkshire theatre including Matthew Walker, Steve Ash, Valerie Mills, Robert Flewitt and Andrew Hibbert.

But they will be sharing parts and performances with a cast brought in specifically for this production from South Africa.

And in a notable change of style, the company will be accompanied by two grand pianos playing some of the most famous melodies in musical history – Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, The Rain in Spain, The Street Where You Live, With a Little Bit of Luck, I Could Have Danced All Night, Show Me, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face and the Ascot Gavotte.

My Fair Lady made a star of Julie Andrews when it opened on Broadway in 1956 and then went on to become one of the world’s most enduring movies, with Audrey Hepburn taking on the iconic role of Elia Doolittle.

Jonathan Walker-Kane’s previous directing credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Jesus Christ Superstar at Sheffield’s Lyceum, A Man For All Seasons at Sheffield Cathedral, Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Boyfriend, South Pacific, Follies, A Little Night Music, Shirley Valentine, The King and I and Talking Heads at Buxton Opera House.

He directed an acclaimed revival of musical classic Oliver at the Church of St Giles in the Field in London’s West End as well as productions of Taken at Midnight at Penistone Parish Church and Man of La Mancha at the famous Leeds City Varieties.

Recent productions for Theatre Impromptu – the specially converted St Saviour’s Church in Thurlstone – include Evita, Arcadia, The Deep Blue Sea and Tell Me On a Sunday.

My Fair Lady comes to Theatre Impromptu in Thurlstone from April 15 to 26. For tickets visit


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