My Fair Lady

Louise Gold appeared as a servant, at The Derby Playhouse, from around 20 September 1975



 Buskers - Kate Lock & John Cogan

Mrs Eynsford Hill - Andree Evans

Eliza Doolittle - Cookie Weymouth

Freddy-Ensford Hill - Ted Merwood

Colonel Pickering - George Woolley

Henry Higgins - John Humphrey

Hoxton Man - Leo Dove

Camberwell Man - Stephen Hartford

A Cockney - Adam Richardson

Another Cockney - Jane Gurnett

George, A Bartender - Stephen Hartford

Harry - Clive Carter

Jamie - Billy James

Alfred P. Doolittle - Arnold Peters

Mrs Pearce - Joan Ryan

Mrs Hopkins - Pamela Scott

Children - Phillipa Van Hamel, Kevin Parkes & Mark Ruston

Butler - John Cogan

Servants - Zelah Clarke, Louise Gold & Stephen Hartford

Mrs Higgins - Judith Fellows

Charles, A Chauffer - Stephen Hartford

Mrs. Higgins’ Maid - Paula Tinker

Constable - Billy James

Zoltan Karpathy - Stephen Hartford

Queen of Transylvania - Andree Evans

All other parts played by members of the Company


Production Team

 Book & Lyrics by - Alan Jay Lerner

Music by - Frederick Lowe

Adapted from the play “Pygmallion” by George Bernard Shaw

Original production - 15 March 1956, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York

This production Directed by - Mark Woolgar

Choreography and Musical Staging  by - Michael Vernon

Musical Direction and Orchestrations by - Malcolm Sircom


     Flute/Piccolo/Clarinet - Ian Herbert

     Oboe - Thelma Marion

     Clarinet/Bass Clarinet - Peter Cook

     Trumpet - Murray Slater

     Trombone - David Bentley

     Percussion - John Webster

     Piano - Malcolm Sircom

Sets designed by - Joe Vanek

Costumes Designed by - Caroline McCulloch

Lighting Designed by - Stephen Hocking

Rehearsal Accommodation - Derby Railway Trust

Stage Manager - Ian Hesketh

Deputy Stage Manager - Barrie Finch

Assistant Stage Manager - Barbara Mates & John Downman


Please note, the webmaster has used some guess work in listing the minor performers in the song listing. For example it is assumed that whenever either the “maids” or “servants” appear in the song listing in the programme, then that presumably refers mainly to Zelah Clarke and Louise Gold. When “Cockneys” are listed as singing it is assumed one means a chorus or cockneys, although there are performers (Adam Richardson and Jane Gurnett who are listed specifically as Cockneys). There appears to be some confusion over the Street Entertainers, the running order states there are three but only lists two in the cast list. However, it has been confirmed that most actors in minor listed parts, as one would expect, also doubled as members of the chorus whenever required. 

Musical Numbers

Act 1

Street Entertainers - The Three Buskers (Kate Lock, John Cogan & ?)

Why Can’t The English - Higgins (John Humphrey)

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly - Eliza and Cockneys (Cookie Weymouth and Chorus)

With A Little Bit Of Luck - Doolittle, Harry and Jamie (Arnold Peters, Clive Carter, and, Billy James)

I’m An Ordinary Man - Higgins (John Humphrey)

With A Little Bit Of Luck (Reprise) - Doolittle and Ensemble (Arnold Peters and Ensemble)

Just You Wait - Eliza (Cookie Weymouth)

The Rain In Spain - Higgins, Eliza and Pickering (John Humphrey, Cookie Weymouth and George Woolley)

I Could Have Danced All Night - Eliza, Mrs Pearce and Maids (Cookie Weymouth, Joan Ryan, Zelah Clarke and Louise Gold)

Ascot Gavotte - Full Ensemble (The Company)

On The Street Where You Live - Freddy (Ted Merwood)

The Embassy Waltz - Higgins, Eliza, Karpathy and Full Ensemble (John Humphrey, Cookie Weymouth, Stephen Hartford and The Company)


Act 2

You Did It - Higgins, Pickering, Mrs Pearce and Servants (John Humphrey, George Woolley, Joan Ryan, Zelah Clarke, Louise Gold and Stephen Hartford)

Just You Wait (Reprise) - Eliza (Cookie Weymouth)

On The Street Where You Live (Reprise) - Freddy (Ted Merwood)

Show Me - Eliza and Freddy (Cookie Weymouth and Ted Merwood)

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (Reprise) - Eliza and Cockneys (Cookie Weymouth and Chorus)

Get Me To The Church On Time - Doolittle, Harry, Jamie and Ensemble (Arnold Peters, Clive Carter, Billy James and Ensemble)

A Hymn To Him - Higgins (John Humphrey)

Without You - Eliza and Higgins (Cookie Weymouth and John Humphrey)

I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face - Higgins (John Humphrey)


This production was actually the inaugural production for the current Derby Playhouse building, which was opened by The Duke Of Devonshire on 20 September 1975.


Louise Gold and Billy James had previously appeared in Hair.

Louise Gold and John Cogan went on to appear in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Touring Production)

Louise Gold, John Cogan, Adam Richardson, and, Clive Carter went on to appear in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production), which also had choreography by Michael Vernon.

Louise Gold’s fellow maid Zelah Clarke has also gone on to achieve some success in her career, most notably playing the title role in a television adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Arnold Peters has gone to play Jack Woolley in The Archers

Louise Gold and Jane Gurnett (along with Felicity Steel) subsequently formed an alternative cabaret group called Anna Rexic and The Compulsives.

Clive Carter has gone on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009, he may have gone on to appear in Dear Ralph, and, Comedy Tonight. His recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.

Having very likely been one of the backing singers in this production for the number I Could Have Danced All Night, Many many years later Louise Gold may have the lead vocal in a parody of the song, I Could Have Counted All Night, on Sesame Street, the performance has made it onto the album The Count’s Countdown; which credited her as singing it, however their is some doubt as to whether she actually was the singer. Apparently, also on Sesame Street she sang, along with Carroll Spinney, a parody of Wouldn’t It Be Luverly as Wouldn’t It Be Yucky.

I’m An Ordinary Man, in which Higgins vows that he will never let a woman in his life is probably one of the most ironic or “don’t believe a word of it”. It was originally introduced by a leading man who was married several times, while the lyricist managed in the course of his life to marry eight times, the last being Liz Robertson. About 19 years after appearing in this production of My Fair Lady, Louise Gold found herself on stage at an arts festival in Memphis Tennessee singing duets with Liz Robertson (Lerner) in Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, and they subsequently appeared together in Chelmsford a revival of Side By Side By Sondheim.


One is moved to wonder whether The Stage critic’s comment about Cookie Weymouth’s singing voice might have been accentuated by the presence of a rather powerful singer not only in the chorus itself but as a backing singer on two numbers that did not involve the full chorus.


Critics Comments

 . “Notable also is Cookie Weymouth, whose portrayal of Eliza Doolittle is beautifully modulated, even if her singing voice does lack volume”... “Michael Vernon has coaxed a lot of vitality out of the cast in the musical numbers.” THE STAGE, 25 September 1975



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