My Fair Lady

New York: March 15, 1956 – September 29 1962
Mark Hellinger Theatre / Broadhurst Theatre / Broadway Theatre

London: 1958 – 1963 
Theatre Royal Drury Lane

First performance: 30 April 1958 (ran for five and a half years; 2,281 performances)

H.M.Tennant Ltd. present Herman Levin’s production

Julie Andrewstrdl_myfairlady_souvenirbook, Alec Clunes, Stanley Holloway
with Zena Dare, Linda Gray, Betty Woolfe, Margaret Halstan, Leonard Weir, Gavin Gordon, Max Oldaker, Alan Dudley, Elaine Garreau

Adapted from Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe

Production staged by Moss Hart
Choreography and Musical Numbers by Hanya Holm
Production designed by Oliver Smith
Costumes designed by Cecil Beaton
Musical Arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang
Dance Music arranged by Trude Rittman
Lighting by Joe Davis
Musical Adviser Cyril Ornadel
Conductor Robert Philpot

Lighting Plan

The lighting plan by Joe Davis can be viewed on the Backstage Heritage Collection

National Theatre, London

Lyttleton Stage: March 15 2001 – July 2001

Director: Trevor Nunn
Choreography: Matthew Bourne
Set Design: Anthony Ward
Lighting Design: David Hersey
Sound Design: Paul Groothius
Associate Lighting Designer: Jenny Kagan

Starred: Martine McCutcheon, Jonathan Pryce, Dennis Waterman

Transferred to Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2001

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 2001

July 21 2001 – August 30 2003

See above for credits. 

Lighting Equipment: 
Control: Strand 530i
DHA Digital Light Curtains
Vari*Lite VL6C
4 x Vari*Lite VL7 rain effects (replaced gobo wheel with custom continuous break-up)
ETC Source Fours (750W lamps)
2.5k tungsten Pari projector
Parcans with Wybron CXI colour-mixers / Colorams
5 x Alto Fresnel (gauze backlight) with Rainbow scrollers
L&E M16 battens
Orion groundrows
4 x WL VSFX cloud projector
2 x 5kW Fresnel
2 x Reich & Vogel 1k beamlight followspots (side)
2 x Robert Juliat Aramis followspots (auditorium)
See LSI article below for more details

My Fair Lady original London cast
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Related Equipment:

Patt.123 (1957 - 1978)


My Fair Lady - Broadway (1956)
[External Website]
From The Lighting Archive
My Fair Lady - Joe Davis
My Fair Lady - Joe Davis (August 1957)
[LX Plan - click on the thumbnail]
From David W. Kidd Collection

LSI - Shaw Thing - My Fair Lady (September 2001)
[4Mb PDF]
From Lighting & Sound International

Home Movie footage of the celebrity audience arriving on the opening night in 1958:

Winston Churchill and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II were also in attendance.