Thursday, 15 January 2015

Harvey transfers to West End following UK Tour

It has been confirmed that Lindsay Posner’s new production of Harvey by Mary Chase will transfer to the West End following its UK Tour.

The show will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Tuesday 17th March until Saturday 2nd May, with a Gala Night on Monday 23rd March. 

The tour opens at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 6th February where it runs until 21st February. James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman lead the cast as Elwood P. Dowd and Veta Louise Simmons.

The cast also includes: 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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