Michael Feast Replaces Simon Ward in Pygmalion
“Pygmalion” has only just started its run at the Garrick Theatre and it has already been forced to announce a casting change from Monday 23rd May 2011. Simon Ward was originally cast in the role of Alfred Doolittle in the production, starring alongside Kara Tointon as Eliza Doolittle and Rupert Everett as Professor Higgins, and he has now been forced to leave after developing a viral infection.
So audiences heading to the Garrick Theatre from Monday 23rd May onwards will instead witness Michael Feast in the role; an actor whose career has included a wide range of London theatre credits over the years.
Feast has worked regularly with the Chichester Festival Theatre, The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and venues in the West End. In the latter category he was last seen in “Plague Over England” at the Duchess Theatre, though his other credits include “The Accused” at the Haymarket Theatre, “The Passion of Dracula” at the Queen’s Theatre, “Phaedra” at the Donmar Warehouse and “No Man’s Land” for the National Theatre. He has also accumulated film and television credits with “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries” and Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow”.
“Pygmalion” is the famous play from George Bernard Shaw, first performed in the UK in 1914, which follows phonetics professor Henry Higgins and his wager with Colonel Pickering that he can pass off the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a respectable and well-spoken Duchess. Using his knowledge of phonetics he is able to teach her impeccable speech and only time will tell if he is able to pull it off for the wager.
Though the play is particularly famous it was also adapted into an equally famous musical that went by the name “My Fair Lady”.
As well as Feast, Tointon and Everett, the cast of the production also includes Diana Rigg, whilst Brendan Hooper, the understudy in the role of Alfred Doolittle, has been portraying the role since Ward left the show.
“Pygmalion” began its run at the West End’s Garrick Theatre on Thursday 12th May 2011 and is currently booking to Saturday 3rd September 2011.