Lennox Productions, based in Hornchurch, stunned us last year with their 10th Anniversary production of Oliver! and once again they have returned with what feels like a Broadway production. With a full choir singing with the actors on stage, the songs often had me breathless and I particularly enjoyed the song “Wouldn’t it be Lovely”.
My Fair Lady is a musical burnt into British culture and even if you’ve never seen it before it’s very likely you’ll recognise the plot and you’ll definitely recognise songs like “The rain in Spain” and “Get me to the church on time”. I found myself singing and clapping along to the songs as the enthusiasm of the cast spread over the audience.
The part of Eliza Doolittle was played by Rachel Watson, who did a great job of portraying the transformation of Eliza from Cockney flower girl to lady. Rachel does a great job of showing the full range of emotions of the Eliza character, often depicting her as a robotic character as she tries to change her character and eventually showing the conflict between her street smart past and new lady persona.
Rachel is supported by a number of male co-stars; David Cormack, who plays Eliza’s father (Alfred Doolittle), performance of “Get me to the church on time” was worthy of a West End Musical and you’d never think this was an amateur dramatics performance, you can’t help but smile and tap along as he’s singing.
Richard Foster plays the sergeant-like Henry Higgins, drilling a culture of good manners and elocution onto Eliza. The audience is rightfully shocked at Henry’s actions and how he treats Eliza like an animal but you also feel a sense of pity for him and that maybe he’s the one that needs manners lessons.
The counterweight to Henry is Colonel Pickering (Played by Robert Fleming) and Mrs Pearce (Marvis Sherlock). Marvis does a good job of supporting the Eliza character and showing shock as Eliza is suppressed and molded. Robert can sometimes be overwhelmed by the Foster character but he does a great job of acting in the background.
What really made the show was the entire ensemble, a choir that includes too many ladies, gentlemen and children to mention. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw the choir on next week’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent.
Lennox’s Production of My Fair Lady was an amazing and the whole afternoon felt fun and professional, it left me already looking forward to the charity’s next performance.
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