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Jessica Derschowitz
August 05, 2015 AT 12:24 PM EDT

Julie Andrews — the original stage version of Eliza Doolittle — is set to direct a new production of My Fair Lady next year at the Sydney Opera House.

The actress said in a statement that she was thrilled to have been asked to direct the production. “I look forward to coming to Sydney this November to cast the production and begin the process of bringing this great musical to life once again,” she added, according to the Guardian.

Andrews, 79, played the leading role in the show’s 1956 Broadway production, with Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins. It was her second Broadway role, and one that helped launch her career. Audrey Hepburn then played Eliza in the 1964 film adaptation, also opposite Harrison. 

The production will premiere in August 2016, as part of the opera house’s 60th birthday celebrations. 

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