It has been announced that Maureen Lipman (pictured right) will star alongside the previously announced James Dreyfus in Lindsay Posner’s new production of Mary Chase’s comedy Harvey.
The show will open at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 6th February where it runs until 21st February prior to a UK Tour and possible West End run.
Lipman will play Veta, who tries to get her brother, Elwood P. Dowd (Dreyfus), committed rather than risk the family’s reputation.
Lipman most recently starred in the West End run of Daytona by Oliver Cotton, following its premiere at the Park Theatre.
This new production of Harvey is produced by Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd. He also produced a television version of Harvey with Leslie Nielsen in 1998.
Harvey premiered on Broadway in 1944, winning writer Mary Chase the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year. The production was directed by Antoinette Perry, after whom the Tony Awards are named. The play premiered in London in 1949 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.