‘I sold flowers. I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me, I’m not fit to sell anything else.’
Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady’ tells the compelling story the ‘education’ of a Miss Eliza Doolittle.
Doolittle is a fiery, intelligent young woman who works as a flower girl. She desires upward social mobility, but her strong East-End accent prevents it. She seeks the elocution lessons from a paternalistic professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, who gradually moulds her into his ideal of womanhood. Eliza finds herself battling oppressive ideals of femininity and class and is forced to re-evaluate her sense of self.
CUMT’s production is a compelling reinterpretation of the classic tale, with an exhilarating combination of physical theatre, ensemble multi-rolling, puppetry, and Loewe’s well-loved score.