At a very special event, exclusive to Sydney, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will share personal stories and insights into their careers in 'A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton'. The event will take place on a re-created stage set of My Fair Lady on Sunday 28 August at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House.
Following this one-off event the theatre will then present a season of 'My Fair Lady' – recreated as it was in the original Broadway production which opened in 1956 starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews – and this time it will be directed by Julie Andrews herself.
In 'A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton' the audience will engage with Julie and Emma in an informal setting as they discuss Julie's work as one of the world's most loved performers and their work together as critically acclaimed best-selling authors and television creators and producers. Together they have published 30 books and created several television projects committed to stimulating a sense of wonder and learning in children. The evening will present an opportunity for the audience to participate in a question and answer session.
The production of 'My Fair Lady' – with an opening night on 6 September – will celebrate the 60th anniversary of this beloved musical which took the world by storm, telling the tale of a Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle whose world was forever changed by the brilliant and demanding phoneticist, Professor Henry Higgins. The clash of cultures sparks some of theatre’s most witty dialogue and wonderful songs.
Headlining the new company are acclaimed British performer Alex Jennings, as Professor Higgins and the young Australian star, Anna O’Byrne, as Eliza Doolittle. Joining them is an outstanding cast. Reg Livermore will play the role of Alfred P. Doolittle. Robyn Nevin will play Mrs. Higgins and Mark Vincent will play Freddy Eynsford-Hill. The role of Colonel Hugh Pickering will be played by Tony Llewellyn-Jones and Deidre Rubenstein will play Mrs. Pearce.
Julie Andrews said “It is a thrill for me to be in Australia and have the opportunity to direct the very musical that significantly launched my career. I hope our production brings great joy to our audiences and stimulates a whole new generation of musical theatre lovers. The unique opportunity of having my lovely Emma join me on stage for an open conversation with an audience prior to our opening warms my heart.”
“I am thrilled to be working with this extraordinary cast and crew. Having the opportunity to meet so many actors during the auditions opened my eyes to the vast amount of talent in Australia. I am excited to welcome lovely Anna O’Byrne and simply delighted that Alex Jennings will be portraying our Professor Higgins. Directing this lovely piece will allow me to honour my mentor, Moss Hart, and hopefully expose a new generation of theatre lovers to this important musical.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said “Dame Julie Andrews is an icon of the stage and screen and Emma Walton Hamilton has also had an incredible career in the entertainment industry. Audiences are in for an unforgettable night. This unique event has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.”
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A Conversation with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Date: Sunday 28 August Time: 12noon Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: On sale on from Monday 18 July
My Fair Lady
Opening night: 6 September, 2016 (Previews from 30 August, 2016) Times: Wed–Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Tues, Wed & Sat 1pm, Sun 3pm Bookings: Click here