Monday, 5 January 2015

Full casting announced for Harvey starring James Dreyfus & Maureen Lipman

Full casting has been announced for 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.

Joining James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd and Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons are: David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Youssef Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren.

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.

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