Dame Vanessa Redgrave has bowed out early from My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum, following a bout of Covid.
In a note posted on Instagram, the star said: “I have had the delight of performing in My Fair Lady at the Coliseum in London which opened on May 18th. The cast, led by Amara Okereke, Harry Hadden-Paton & Stephen K Amos, with the full English National Orchestra conducted by musical director Gareth Valentine, are superb. I need a rest following a stretch of Covid, so I am leaving the production which ends on August 27th. My Love to All, Vanessa Redgrave (Dame)”
The Oscar, Emmy, Olivier and Tony Award winner was starring in the show as Mrs. Higgins, opposite Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle and Harry Haddon-Paton as Henry Higgins. Heather Jackson will take over the role in Redgrave’s absence.
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, this critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher(The King and I) and features the English National Opera orchestra playing Frederick Loewe’s ravishing score.
Alongside Redgrave – and now Heather Jackson Okereke and Haddon-Paton, is Sharif Afifi as Freddy, Maureen Beattie as Henry’s housekeeper Mrs Pearce, Stephen K Amos as Alfred P. Doolittle, and Malcolm Sinclair as Colonel Pickering.
The full company is completed by Dammi Aregbeshola, Bernadette Bangura, Joseph Claus, Jordan Crouch, Jamie Cruttenden, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Barry Drummond, Bethany Huckle, Heather Jackson, Emma Johnson, Charlotte Kennedy, Sinead Kenny, Jenny Legg, Tom Liggins, Rebekah Lowings, Carl Patrick, Tom Ping, Dominique Planter, Joseph Poulton, John Stacey, Joshua Steel, Oliver Tester, Adam Vaughan, Annie Wensak and Paul Westwood.