My Fair Lady
Musical/ Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner / Viennese version by Gerhard Bronner
Professor Henry Higgins, a confirmed bachelor, is a phoneticist who loves to do field research. And if there is one thing he hates it is the disfigurement of his mother tongue by dialect! To him it is a matter of professional pride that his phonetic exercises can eradicate even the last trace of dialect in any subject, even a flower girl like Eliza Doolittle. Fully convinced of his skills, he bets his friend and colleague Colonel Pickering that he will be able to present Eliza as a society lady after just six months of speech and etiquette lessons. Her first introduction into the high society takes place at the traditional Ascot Derby, where Eliza makes some delightful blunders. But she continues her training until she passes her final test at the Embassy Ball with flying colours. Higgins has won his bet and for him the experiment is over. But not so for Eliza. Her new manners have changed her life. And eventually, the professor realises that his life suddenly seems empty without Eliza…
“My Fair Lady” is a prime example of what the Salzburg State Theatre intends with its season theme “We and the Others”. Two worlds collide that could not be more different: Higgins, the renowned professor, and Eliza, the flower girl who enters the world of the upper class with great innocence. The musical is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “Pygmalion”, premiered in 1913, which is named after a Greek mythological king – a sculptor who falls in love with his own creation.
Andreas Gergen is one of the most sought-after music theatre directors in German-speaking countries. He headed the opera division of the Salzburg State Theatre from 2011 to 2017. His most important productions include “I am from Austria” and “The Visit” for the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien as well as “Victoria und ihr Husar” for the Seefestspiele Mörbisch. His work is familiar to audiences in Saarbrücken, St. Gallen, Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf and Dresden. In Salzburg he has directed a wide range of productions, from “Carmen” to “My Silent Night”.
In German with English surtitles
Introductory Talk: 30 and 45 min before curtain up