delivers a fresh, vigorous show without a drop of sentimentality. The politics of class, sex and ideology contained in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, from which My Fair Lady is adapted, are given a bright tang and the casting is top-notch. Starring Anna O’Byrne as Eliza Doolittle and Charles Edwards as Professor Higgins. Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Sydney. Tickets: $69.90$149.90. Bookings: 13 61 00 or online. August 24-October 6. Miss Saigon Swan Lake/Loch na hEala The conventions of Swan Lake are turned on their heads in the dark, genre-defying adaptation of one of the world’s most famous ballets. Irish-Nordic folk music replaces Tchaikovsky’s score, with contemporary dance and traditional folklore setting this production deep in the Irish midlands. Loch na hEala follows the plight of four sisters, cursed to take the form of birds to prevent the exposure of a heinous crime they witness. Sydney Opera House to take on the challenging title role in this Opera Australia concert performance of Parsifal, also featuring the Opera Australia Orchestra under conductor Pinchas Steinberg. This transcendent musical journey is drawn from the Arthurian legends of holy relics, enchanted maidens and faithful knights. Sung in German with English surtitles. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Wednesday, 6pm. Tickets: $99-$335. Bookings: (02) 9318 8200 or online. Duration: 5hr 30min, including two 30min intervals. Until August 14.