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About the showOlivier Award-winning stage veteran Sheila Hancock stars in the stage adaptation of the hit 1970’s dark comedy Harold and Maude. Playing at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a limited season, the original two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated film was directed by Hal Ashby and starred Ruth Cordon and Bud Cort.
Written by Colin Higgins, Harold and Maude is a unique romantic tale of a most unlikely pairing: a compulsive, ultimately self-destructive 18-year old man and a wild and wicked bohemian lady. Whilst Harold Parker Chasen attends strangers’ funerals for entertainment and stages multiple fake suicides, Dame Marjorie “Maude” is a completely free spirit who insists on living each day to the fullest.
When the pair meet by chance at a funeral, Harold begins to discover the joy in living. Part comedy, part romance, the play sees the boundaries of class, gender and age completely blurred, as two people connect through humour and kindness.
Sheila Hancock stars as Maude, after most recently appearing on stage in the Southwark Playhouse’s successful Grey Gardens. With an illustrious career under her belt, she has featured in Sister Act, Barking in Essex and Cabaret, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
Bill Milner (Dunkirk, X-Men) joins the cast as Harold, alongside Anthony Cable, Rebecca Caine, Christopher Dickins, Joanna Hickman, Samuel Townsend, Anne White and Johnson Willis.
Directed by Thom Southerland, Artistic Director of Charing Cross Theatre, Harold and Maude comes to the West End in its first ever London production, featuring set design by Francis O'Connor, costume design by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Matt Clutterham and sound by Andrew Johnson, with original compositions by Michael Bruce.
Daring us to think beyond the obvious, the comedy plays at the venue from February 26th to March 31st 2018, with previews beginning February 18th 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of the original 1970’s film should see the stage adaptation, which brings to life the well-known story with a star cast. It’s also a great chance to see the inimitable Sheila Hancock on stage!
Harold and Maude may not be suitable for young children.