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Local actress goes from Flower Girl to Flower Girl for latest role at Wolverhampton Grand

Lucy Follows from Cannock will soon be taking to the stage as Eliza Doolittle, the cockney flower seller in My Fair Lady, swapping her real life job for a role altogether quite similar.

Lucy, who works at Lavender Florist in Penkridge, is busy rehearsing for Bilston Operatic Company’s latest production, which is directed and choreographed by Laura Canadine. Lucy said:

“I’m really looking forward to playing Eliza on the Grand Theatre stage. It’s a role I’ve played before, but this time I’ve been able to revisit the script and further the characterisation even more.

"The Grand Theatre is a beautiful setting for a classic musical such as My Fair Lady and I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful week. Preparations are going well and working in a florist shop is certainly helping me to get into character!”

In costumes made and provided especially for the production by Leo’s Theatrical Costumiers, Lucy took to the streets of Penkridge to mark the show’s arrival as the cast enter the final weeks of rehearsals.

My Fair Lady is the time-honoured tale of an unlikely relationship between a Cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, and an upper class Phonetics Professor, Henry Higgins. Eliza believes Higgins can teach her to improve how she speaks so she can become a lady in a flower shop. However, Higgins wagers a bet that he can pass her off as a Duchess at the Embassy Ball.

Tickets for the show which runs from 12th to 16th November at Wolverhampton Grand theatre are now on sale and can be bought online at grandtheatre.co.uk, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or in person at the Box Office.

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