Visit London Blog » kara tointon Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre Thu, 26 May 2011 13:43:30 +0000 A new London production of Pygmalion starring Rupert Everett as Professor Henry Higgins and Kara Tointon as Eliza Doolittle has just opened at the Garrick Theatre. 

This much-loved play tells the story of the egocentric Professor Higgins who makes a bet to turn Eliza, a poor illiterate flower girl, into a lady who can pass as a duchess in six months.

I was looking forward to seeing the play, which inspired the classic musical My Fair Lady. It was much funnier and more thought-provoking than I expected. The themes of social class and London society in the early 1900s are still interesting to observe.

The performances are fantastic, most notably that of Kara Tointon who captures the character of Eliza Doolittle (with a touch of Audrey Hepburn) extremely well and is a joy to watch. Rupert Everett is excellent, as is Diana Rigg who plays his long-suffering mother.

Pygmalion is at the Garrick Theatre until 3 September 2011. Book tickets

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Thursday Theatre News: Matilda, Miranda Raison, Paul Daniels and Romola Garai Thu, 19 May 2011 17:00:08 +0000

Firstly: we knew it was coming… we just didn’t know when! But now, it’s finally been announced: the London transfer of the hit musical Matilda is coming to the Cambridge Theatre on 22 November (previews from 18 October).

That means the record-breaking Chicago (14 years and counting!) will be booted out of the venue, but I’ve got every confidence they’ll find another home for their fishnets and jazz-hands soon.

Matilda, meanwhile, will retain much of its cast from the award-winning Stratford run, including London stage regular Bertie Carvel as child-hating headmistress Miss Trunchbull, and Paul Kaye and Josie Walker as Matilda’s parents Mr and Mrs Wormwood. Tickets go on sale this weekend for performances up until 12 February – get booking now!

I’ve got great casting news for you this week: so many great names are stepping up to put on a show in London, it’s a really exciting time.

  • Miranda Raison is returning to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in July. She’ll play the lead in Anne Boleyn a new play by Howard Brenton  which sold out last year. (I saw the show, and thoroughly recommend it.)
  • EastEnder Phil Daniels is joining the cast of The Beggar’s Opera at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. If you’re not a soap fan, you might know Daniels from the film Quadrophenia, TV series Holding On and Rock & Chips, and as the famous voice in Blur’s 1994 hit Parklife.
  • Romola Garai, who’s been all over our TV screens in period adaptations recently (Emma, The Crimson Petal and The White) is to appear at the Royal Court this summer. She’ll star alongside Alexandra Gilbreath and Nicholas Burns (Nathan Barley to you and me) in The Village Bike, a darkly comic, provocative new play by Penelope Skinner.
  • It’s a case of “Here I Go Again” for West End regular, Sally Ann Triplett. She’s heading back to Mamma Mia! after a two-year absence to play leading lady Donna Sheridan.
  • Finally, star of stage and screen Michael Feast is joining the cast of Pygmalion on Monday, replacing Simon Ward, who’s contracted a viral infection. Feast joins Rupert Everett, Kara Tointon and Diana Rigg in the hotly-anticipated new production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic.

Let us know in the comments what you’ve seen and enjoyed in London’s theatres this week…

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