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Kara Tointon to take on West End role of Eliza Doolittle

Date Posted: 09/03/11

Kara Tointon to take on West End role of Eliza Doolittle

Kara Tointon will take up the role of Eliza Doolittle and star alongside Rupert Everett in Pygmalion, which opens in the West End later this year.

The former Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing winner will follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn when the production starts its run at the Garrick theatre from Thursday May 12th.

Fans of London theatre breaks will know that George Bernard Shaw's play sees Professor Higgins, played by Everett, take on a cockney flower seller and attempt to pass her off as a high class lady.

The play is moving from the Chichester Festival theatre, where it has had a string of four and five-star reviews.

"Just want to thank u for all ur fantastic tweets of congratulations today!And kindness.I'm bursting with joy, it has been a dream come true! (sic)," Tointon told her fans on social networking site Twitter.

Tointon will be hoping that the move from Eastenders to stage will be as successful as former co-star Jill Halfpenny, who left Walford behind and has since starred in West End productions of Calendar Girls and Legally Blonde.

Posted by Becky Spence

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