Only Fools and Wars..es
A Faint Heart Ne'er Won a Fair Lady – so we're in for a real treat when two great forces of stage, screen and TV are united at The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth next month in 'My Fair Lady'
The vastly experienced actor David Burton, who has appeared in countless theatre productions across the UK and many iconic TV shows including 'Only Fools and Horses' will be appearing alongside the equally talented Richard Stride – well known for his roles in the legendary 'Star Wars' films.
Although both actors have been friends for a number of years, and have worked together previously, this will be the very first time they have actually appeared on stage in the same production.
Burton explained: “I think it was 2005, when Richard was first putting out professional open air tours with various productions. I was invited to audition – which is when we first met. He directed me in the musical farce 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum' and we also appeared together in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' - but I never had any actual scenes with him in that production.
Things will be very different for both of us this time as we have a great number of scenes together and I'm looking forward to the on-stage banter between the two characters.”
Richard, who is also the founder and artistic director of Groundlings, takes on the demanding role of Professor Higgins while Burton plays his sidekick Colonel Pickering.
Burton added: “It was a lovely surprise when Richard contacted me, quite out of the blue and asked me if I would like to play the role in such an iconic musical. We sorted out the details with my agent – and here I am, getting ready to meet other members of the cast and starting rehearsals at the beginning of July.”
My Fair Lady runs at The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth from July 12 through to July 22. Check the Box Office for further details.
My Fair Lady
Thursday 12th July – Sunday 22nd July
My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play ‘Pygmalion’, is the winner of a host of Tony and Olivier awards and includes memorable classics such as ‘I could have danced all night’, ‘On the street where you live’ and ‘Get me to the church on Time’.
In a beautiful Edwardian setting, follow the highs and lows of Eliza’s remarkable transformation alongside Professor Higgins, which is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and humming the tunes all the way home.
Thursday 12th July 7.30pm
Friday 13th July 7.30pm
Saturday 14th July 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 15th July 2pm
Tuesday 17th July 7.30pm
Wednesday 18th July 7.30pm
Thursday 19th July 7.30pm
Friday 20th July 7.30pm
Sunday 22nd July 2pm
Family ticket of four £48 (Can only be purchased via Box Office)
Organisations and Societies £8 (bookings more than 20 only)
Box Office 023 9273 7370