The cast of My Fair Lady outside the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola during a dress rehearsal. SUR
Humorous tale of rags to riches comes to the Salón Varietés

Humorous tale of rags to riches comes to the Salón Varietés

The theatre's latest production, My Fair Lady, tells the story of the bizarre relationship of a high-society professor and a cockney flower girl

Friday, 17 March 2023, 09:59


The Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola will launch the first of one of its "big three" shows this weekend, a ten-night performance of the popular musical, My Fair Lady, which runs from tonight (Friday) until Sunday 26 March.

Ranked among the top 100 greatest American films of all time, the production is based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, the amusing story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl at Covent Garden market who meets the esteemed professor of speech and linguistics, Henry Higgins.

After being ridiculed by his colleague Colonel Pickering about Eliza's unrefined language skills and equally brash character, Higgins claims that he will teach Eliza to speak like a lady of the highest society within six months.

Eliza, intrigued, accepts, although her father attempts to capitalise on Eliza's new lifestyle. Eliza persists and blossoms into a lady ready for Royal Ascot and a Royal Ball. She catches the eye of Freddie Enysford Hill and, smitten by her beauty and her cockney small talk, pursues and eventually persuades her to begin a life with him.

Rags to riches tale

The Salón Varietés Theatre's production of this well-loved, amusing, rags-to-riches tale takes inspiration from both the stage and film versions and will include exquisite costumery, musical production and choreography.

The production is directed by John Gale and consists of a talented ensemble of singers, dancers and actors led by Costa favourite Melissa Carver as Eliza Doolittle. The cast will also include Tim Alexander as Henry Higgins, Peter Oliver as Colonel Pickering, Keith Spitalnick as Alfred Doolittle, Sheila Sanderson-Wohlmuth as Mrs Pierce, Nathan Homan as Freddie Enysford Hill, along with a supporting cast of around 15 performers.

With musical direction by James Burn and choreography by Alexandra Avery, the show is full of musical theatre favourites, such as Wouldn't it be Lovely, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me to the Church on Time, among others.

The show will start each night at 7.30pm, (Sunday 7pm), while on Saturday 25 March the performance will take place at 2pm.

Tickets, which cost 20 euros, can be reserved on, or from the theatre's box office Monday to Friday between 11am and 2.30pm. Early reservations are recommended.

People with restricted mobility who require wheelchair space must make their reservation at the box office and not online (Box office call: 952 474542).

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