About the showLinda Marlowe takes over the title role from Sheila Hancock, starring 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.
Linda Marlowe stars as Maude, with credits including an illustrious career alongside Steven Berkoff. She has featured in No Fear, Berkoff's Women and In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel. Patrick Walshe McBride (Photograph 51, Shakespeare & Hathaway) 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 received a new booking season at the venue from April 9th to May 12th 2018, with previews beginning April 2nd 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 acclaimed actress Linda Marlowe on stage!
Harold and Maude may not be suitable for young children.