Summer of musicals

MHDE'My Fair Lady'Rehearsal shot

MHDE'My Fair Lady'Rehearsal shot

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Two classic musicals will be coming to the open-air stage at Kilworth House Theatre this summer.

The curtain is set to go up on My Fair Lady and Anything Goes throughout June, July. and August.

Henry Higgins, a Professor of Phonetics comes across Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, one cold March night at Covent Garden market.

He declares to his friend Colonel Pickering that in three months he could transform Eliza into a duchess.

Eliza is taken into the Professor’s household and, over the course of several months, is put through a gruelling course of phonetics and elocution lessons by Higgins.

Eliza’s moment of triumph comes at the Embassy Ball when beautiful, elegant and well-spoken, she proves to be an enormous success particularly with the young gentleman Freddy Eynsford-Hill who falls desperately in love with her.

This Olivier-Award-winning musical has broken all box office records both on Broadway and in the West End and features such unforgettable numbers as ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’,’The Rain In Spain’, ‘On The Street Where You Live’, ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ and the mesmerising ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face’.

Helena Blackman, who was the runner-up to Connie Fisher on the BBC talent show, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? will be playing the part of Eliza Doolittle.

The venue will be a familiar one to Helena having performed in Magic of the Musicals earlier in the year.

Anything Goes, which follows in August is the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.

The classic Cole Porter musical comedy has enchanted audiences for nearly 80 years.

Anything Goes is about the lovers, liars and pranksters on a transatlantic cruise. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love, proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, exotic disguises and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Sailing from New York to England, the S.S. American carries a rather unusual group of passengers - American debutante Hope Harcourt accompanied by her fiancé wealthy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and her mother Evangeline; nightclub singer Reno Sweeney; Wall Street banker Elisha Witney and his stowaway assistant Billy Crocker and gangster Moonface Martin to name but a few! It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love and engaging the help of those on-board he pursues the girl of his dreams.

Illustrating this hilariously journey to true love are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including I Get a Kick Out Of You, It’s De-Lovely, You’re the Top, and Anything Goes.

My Fair Lady runs from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, July 14 while Anything Goes will be performed from Tuesday, August 6 to Sunday, September 1.

For more information or to book tickets for the show call the box office on 01858 881939 or visit www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk.

Very few tickets remain for My Fair Lady so people are advised to act quickly.