Composer | Frederick Loewe
Librettist | Alan Jay Lerner
Orchestra | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Sung in English
Since it stormed Broadway in 1956, Lerner and Loewe’s irresistible musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s social satire Pygmalion has become a monument of musical theatre. For the Festival in 2020, we present it as a staged concert, with the action of the characters sharing the stage with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and The Grange Festival Chorus.
Alfonso Casado Trigo, who led our Candide so winningly in 2018, conducts. Expect a cast to die for and an evening to savour deep in our hearts and long in our memories.
Writer and director of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (UK Tour); Director of Julius Caesar (Fort Canning Park, Singapore); Of Mice and Men (UK Tour); Hand To God (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Cinderella (Manchester Opera House); Moving Stories (Haymarket, West End & Houses of Parliament); The Food of Love (Royal Festival Hall & Cadogan Hall); A Whirligig of Time (Royal Shakespeare Company); Cool Rider (Lyric & Duchess, West End); The Collector, Death and the Maiden (English Theatre Frankfurt); A Night with Bonnie Langford (London Hippodrome); Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse); Sweet Smell of Success, Company (Arts Ed); Marguerite (Tabard); Fresher the Musical (Pleasance, Islington and Edinburgh); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Cockpit); Play-in-a-Day Series (London Bridge Tunnels); Metamorphosis (British American Drama Academy); The Bear Who Paints (Pleasance Edinburgh); Proof (NSDF Finals). Other titles: Legally Blonde, Made in Dagenham, Billy,The Ghost Train, Into the Woods, Humble Boy, Disco Pigs, Company, The Good Person of Sichuan, Merrily We Roll Along, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lucky Stiff, and The Laramie Project. Pantomimes include Cinderella (Chelmsford Civic Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Beck Theatre, Hayes, and The White Rock, Hastings), Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Swindon Wyvern).
Other credits include:
Associate Director on Much Ado About Nothing & Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Theatre and West End); Associate on Spamalot (West End & UK Tour); Producer of The 70th Birthday celebrations for His Royal Highness Prince Charles (Buckingham Palace);Associate Director ofThe 90th Birthday celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen (Windsor Castle); Associate on Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory); Resident on Dandy Dick (UK Tour), Creative Associate on Megan Mullally and Supreme Music Program (West End); Assistant on The Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park), Tick, tick…BOOM! (Duchess, West End), Oleanna (Octagon).
Alfonso Casado was born in Alcalá de Guadaíra, Seville, in 1984. He began his musical training under María Floristán and Juan Luis Pérez in Seville before moving to Madrid to complete his piano degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was also part of the JONDE (National Young Orchestra of Spain).
Alfonso worked with Stage Entertainment in Spain between 2003 and 2012 on Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, High School Musical and Les Misérables. Moving to London in 2012 he has worked with Cameron Mackintosh conducting Les Misérables at the Queen’s theatre in London and continues to conduct and supervise shows in the West End and abroad.
Main credits as Musical Director include Les Misérables (2012-2014) Queen’s Theatre, Miss Saigon (2014-2015) Prince Edward’s Theatre, Phantom of the Opera (2015-2016) Her Majesty’s Theatre, Les Misérables (2016) Dubai Opera.
Alfonso has conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Opera House (Miss Saigon performance) during the Olivier Awards, and at the Royal Variety Performance (London Palladium). He was musical director of the 25th Anniversary Gala performance of Miss Saigon, released worldwide on DVD, and was co-supervisor of the 30th Anniversary Gala performance of Les Misérables in London.
Awards include Best Musical Director for Les Misérables in Spain and Best Musical Director in the West End for Miss Saigon. Albums include Mamma Mia! (Spanish cast), High School Musical (Spanish cast), Les Misérables (Spanish cast), Miss Saigon (London 2014 revival cast).
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Indecent (Chocolate Factory), A Very Expensive Poison (The Old Vic), Oslo (NT and Pinter – Olivier Award Nomination), Moonlight, Night School (Pinter – Jamie Lloyd Season) Beadle in Sweeney Todd (CFT and Adelphi) and Love Story (Minerva and Duchess). The Magistrate and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (NT), Artefacts (Brits Off Broadway and Bush), Last Easter, A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Imagine This (Plymouth Theatre Royal and New London), Silver Birch House (Arcola Theatre), Anna in the Tropics, Follow My Leader (Hampstead Theatre), Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Bridewell), The Odd Couple, Angels in America (Manchester Library), Titus Andronicus (RSC) and original John in Miss Saigon (Drury Lane).
Television includes: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Unforgotten, Defending the Guilty, Hustle, Lehman Brothers, Holby City, Empathy, The Bill, EastEnders, Waking the Dead, Planespotting, Casualty, Mile High, Birds of a Feather and Sunburn.
Films include: Clean Skin, O Jerusalem, I Could Never Be Your Woman, De-Lovely, Oklahoma! Evita, The Bezonians, Blue Iguana. Shorts: Disarm, Broken, Mad George.
BBC Radio Drama includes: The Deportation Room, Beirut Days, Afternoon Outing, The Bronx, The History of Titus Groan and Bad Faith, BOTW Where the Line Is Drawn, HR (Series V), The Long Goodbye, The Big Sleep
When Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”, “With a Little Bit of Luck”, “The Rain in Spain”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live”, “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”.
Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.