According to the Daily Mail, Dominic West will make his musical debut as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, alongside Carly Bawden as Eliza Doolittle. The show runs Dec. 12-Jan. 26, 2013, and Olivier Award-winner Daniel Evans will direct.
"Higgins was made for him," Evans told the Mail's Baz Bamigboye. " Dominic has the temperament for it, and he has the class."
For those who aren't already familiar with the story, or haven't seen the Audrey Hepburn/Rex Harrison film adaptation, My Fair Lady is about a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who discovers low-class flower vender Eliza Doolittle and makes a bet that he can transform her into a high-class lady by fixing her Cockney accent.
West has taken the stage in The Seagull at the Old Vic, as well as As You Like It, The Voysey Inheritance, the West End's Rock 'n' Roll and Broadway's 2001 revival of Design For Living. He has also appeared in Donmar Warehouse's Life is a Dream, Duchess Theatre's Butley, and more recently in the Crucible's Othello in 2011.
West is well known for his portrayal of detective Jimmy McNulty in TV's The Wire. He also won the BAFTA award for best actor for his portrayal of Fred West in ITV1's Appropriate Adult. His film credits include John Carter, The Awakening, Arthur Christmas, 300, Hannibal Rising, The Forgotten, Mona Lisa Smile, Chicago, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and more.
Bawden has appeared on the West End in Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and is currently playing a role in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at Kensington Gardens in London.
Rehearsals for My Fair Lady will begin in November.