Harvey starring James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman to open at the Haymarket
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
The new production of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey directed by Lindsay Posner and starring James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd and Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons, will play a limited season at the Haymarket from Tuesday 17 March until Saturday 2 May, with a Gala Night on Monday 23 March.
The production will be heading to Birmingham Repertory, Malvern and Richmond before coming to the Haymarket.
Joining James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman in the production 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.
Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd, also produced a television version of Harvey with Leslie Nielsen in 1998. Don Gregory’s other Broadway productions include the recent highly acclaimed production of The Belle of Amherst with Joely Richardson and the original production of the same play with Julie Harris, My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison, Camelot with Richard Burton, Othello with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer and Clarence Darrow with Henry Fonda.
Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family’s reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley. But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off an hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.
Harvey is produced by Don Gregory for Harvey West End Ltd in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.