Kara Tointon to Appear in West End's Pygmalion
The Television Star Set to Appear in the Chichester Production’s West End Transfer
Back in December it was indicated that the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Pygmalion would be transferring to the West End and that a dream-team cast had been touted made up of David Jason, Angela Lansbury and Billie Piper, alongside the already-cast Rupert Everett. However, according to a new report in the Daily Telegraph, the role that Billie Piper had been linked to – Eliza Doolittle – has been handed to Kara Tointon, best known to audiences for her appearances on “Strictly Come Dancing”.
No further developments have emerged regarding the casting of Jason and Lansbury – which was never confirmed in December – though Tointon will be joined on the stage of the Garrick Theatre by Rupert Everett, who originated the role of Henry Higgins in Chichester.
Tointon has appeared in a range of television shows, meaning that she will be a familiar face to those picking up theatre tickets to witness “Pygmalion” in the West End. She was originally an actress in the long-running soap “EastEnders” and it was her celebrity status in the BBC show that led to her winning-appearance on “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2010. Her other credits include “Dream Team”, “Mile High” and the documentary “Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid”. But “Pygmalion” won’t be her first appearance onstage, having previously appearing in a pantomime version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in Bristol.
Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw and was famously adapted into the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady”. It follows Henry Higgins as he attempts to turn a cockney flower girl into respectable Duchess, using his professorial knowledge of phonetics to provide her with impeccable speech. It was penned in 1912 and has been adapted, parodied and referenced throughout the century.
The rest of the cast for the upcoming London theatre production is yet to be announced, apart from Peter Eyre, who will remain in the role of Colonel Pickering from his stint at the Chichester.
With The Hurly Burly Show closing its doors at the Garrick Theatre on Sunday 1st May 2011, Pygmalion will follow at the West End location from Thursday 12th May 2011 to Saturday 3rd September 2011.