My Fair Lady

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An immensely popular musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.

The original text

First produced in New Haven and New York 1956, London 1958.

Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. See Pygmalion

South African Productions

First done in South Africa by **.

An African Consolidated Theatres production was staged in South Africa by Bob Herbert, with Diane Todd in the cast, in [1959 or 1960?]

1962: Done by African Theatres with Diane Todd and David Oxley), at the Empire Theatre. It played to 234 packed houses, before repeating its success in Cape Town and Durban.

1963: Presented by African Consolidated Theatres at the Alhambra Theatre, directed by Simon Montigue.

1977: PACT production directed by Francois Swart, with Michael Atkinson and Gordon Mulholland in the cast, at the Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, from 17 November 1977.

1978: Presented by CAPAB Music at the Nico Malan Opera House, directed by Michael Atkinson opening 21 October. Musical direction by Gerry Bosman, lighting by John T. Baker. Aviva Pelham took the part of Eliza Doolittle, Machael Atkinson played Henry Higgins and some of the other cast members were Roger Dwyer, Anton Stoltz, Fitz Morley, Paddy Canavan and Ann Courtneidge.

198?: PACT Opera production directed by Francois Swart at the State Theatre, Pretoria.

1981: Presented by CAPAB Opera at the Nico Malan Opera House, directed by David Matheson, from 24 October 1981.

1982: The Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

1987: Presented by NAPAC at The Natal Playhouse, The Opera, directed and choreographed by Geoffrey Sutherland, with Julie Wilson (Eliza), Michael Atkinson (Henry Higgins), Stuart Parker (Col. Pickering), Edmond Rhame (Freddy), Gordon Mulholland (Alfred P. Doolittle) and others. Graham Scott was the musical director and conductor. Sets by Andrew Botha and costumes by Dicky Longhurst.

1990: Presented by CAPAB Opera from 2 to 31 March, directed by Michael Atkinson. Costumes by Dicky Longhurst, original set designs by Andrew Botha for NAPAC.

2006: Presented by The Playhouse Company at The Natal Playhouse directed by Steven Stead with Ralph Lawson, Carol Trench and designs by Greg King.

2008: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society, directed by Ralph Lawson, in the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.

2009: The Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society, directed by Paul Griffiths; Presented by The Playhouse Company at the Playhouse, directed by Ralph Lawson, from 20 November 2009.


NAPAC theatre programme, 1987.

My Fair Lady theatre programme (CAPAB, 1990).

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

AfricaWide database.

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