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.
Public booking begins on 10 March 2020. For priority booking, please sign up as a Festival Friend.
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).
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.