HARVEY starring James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

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James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman star in Lindsay Posner’s brand new production of much-loved comedy HARVEY at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Coming to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in Spring 2015, acclaimed comedy actors James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman star in award-winning director Lindsay Posner’s new production of Harvey.

Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is a much-loved classic about Elwood P. Dowd and his unwavering friendship with a six foot tall, invisible rabbit called Harvey!

Maureen Lipman plays Veta in the show, who tries to get her brother, Elwood P. Dowd played by James Dreyfus, committed rather than risk the family’s reputation!

This hilarious comedy, which was immortalised in the classic film starring James Stewart, comes to the West End in a new production by Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012.

Harvey will play a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 17 March to 2 May 2015.

What is Harvey about?

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.

Who is in the cast of Harvey?

Harvey

James Dreyfus stars as Elwood P. Dowd alongside Maureen Lipman as Veta.

They are joined by David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, alongside 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.

Maureen Lipman’s theatre credits include Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Barefoot in the Park on tour, Wonderful Town, See How They Run (Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance), Lost in Yonkers, Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman, When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Garrick and Glorious at the Duchess Theatre.  On TV credits include Agony, All at Number 20, About Face, Ladies of Letters and Re: Joyce! on TV and stage. Films include Up the Junction, Gumshoe, Educating Rita and The Pianist.

James Dreyfus’s theatre credits include Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Vortex at the Rose Theatre Kingston, Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Cabaret,  at the Lyric Theatre, Donkey’s Years at the Comedy Theatre, The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Lady in the Dark at the National Theatre, for which he won on Olivier Award. TV roles include Mount Pleasant, My Hero, Gimme Gimme Gimme and The Thin Blue Line, and opposite Bette Midler in Bette.  Films include Notting Hill.


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Booking to 2 May 2015

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Age Restrictions: Suitable for 8+




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Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly), Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly)
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Maureen Lipman joins James Dreyfus in Harvey

Maureen Lipman to join James Dreyfus in new West End production of Harvey.

Maureen Lipman to join the cast of Harvey
Maureen Lipman to join the cast of Harvey

Classic American comedy Harvey – about Elwood P. Dowd and his unwavering friendship with a six foot tall, invisible rabbit called Harvey! – is to be revived on tour and in the West End next year in a new production by award-winning director Lindsay Posner (Speed-the-Plow).

The show will star Maureen Lipman as Veta, who tries to get her brother, Elwood P. Dowd played by James Dreyfus, committed rather than risk the family’s reputation.

Lindsay Posner’s new production of Mary Chase’s much-loved and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy will open at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 6 February prior to a UK Tour and then a West End run.

Maureen Lipman’s most recent West End outing was in Daytona by Oliver Cotton at the Theatre Royal Haymarket earlier this year.

This new production of HARVEY is produced by Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons.The play was famously adapted into a movie starring James Stewart.

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BACKGROUND INFO

Lindsay Posner was associate director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992, where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Olivier Awards.  Lindsay’s many West End credits include the current production of Speed the Plow (Playhouse), Butley starring Dominic West and The Birthday Party starring Eileen Atkins and Henry Goodman (both at the Duchess), Uncle Vanya starring Ken Stott, Anna Friel, Samuel West and Laura Carmichael and An Ideal Husband  starring Samantha Bond, Rachael Stirling, Alexander Hanson and Elliot Cowan (both at the Vaudeville), A View From The Bridge starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ken Stott (Duke of York’s, nominated for four Olivier Awards), Fool for Love starring Juliette Lewis and A Life in the Theatre starring Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson (both at the Apollo), Oleanna starring Aaron Eckhart and Julia Stiles (Garrick), and Sexual Perversity in Chicago starring Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria and Minnie Driver (Comedy).  Lindsay has also directed many times for the Old Vic, the Theatre Royal Bath, the National Theatre, the RSC, the Almeida and the Young Vic, as well as for various opera companies, including the Royal Opera House.

Maureen Lipman’s theatre credits include Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Barefoot in the Park on tour, Wonderful Town, See How They Run (Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance), Lost in Yonkers, Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman, When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Garrick and Glorious at the Duchess Theatre.  On TV credits include Agony, All at Number 20, About Face, Ladies of Letters and Re: Joyce! on TV and stage. Films include Up the Junction, Gumshoe, Educating Rita and The Pianist.

James Dreyfus’s theatre credits include Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Vortex at the Rose Theatre Kingston, Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Cabaret,  at the Lyric Theatre, Donkey’s Years at the Comedy Theatre, The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Lady in the Dark at the National Theatre, for which he won on Olivier Award. TV roles include Mount Pleasant, My Hero, Gimme Gimme Gimme and The Thin Blue Line, and opposite Bette Midler in Bette.  Films include Notting Hill.

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6 thoughts on “HARVEY starring James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman at the Theatre Royal Haymarket”

  1. Looking forward to seeing it tonight at the haymarket reading the great reviews looking forwards to tonight

  2. Saw Harvey in Richmond on Saturday afternoon. It was brilliant. Within five minutes the audience was laughing out loud, and the pace never slackened. James Dreyfus was delightfully whimsical, warm and charming, and through his acting he made Harvey completely real to us. Maureen Lipman was wonderful in her comic timing, and delivered her lines immaculately. All the cast gave it their all. I’m so glad I’ve seen it – it was wonderful

  3. Saw this at Richmond last night. Very enjoyable and James Dreyfuss managed to move on from the ghost of James Stewart to give a completely different interpretation. Very funny and by the end, very touching. The revolving set is also superb.

  4. We saw Harvey at Malvern. What a great cast, they created a warm, funny ambience and we really enjoyed this delightful play. The set deserves a special mention, it was beautiful and detailed .

    The audience was very appreciative.

  5. Went to see Harvey at Birmingham rep on Saturday and must say it was the best afternoon I’ve had in along time. Harvey is my favourite film and this play did it justice. I have a 10yr old daughter who has never seen the film but loved the play and didn’t stop laughing and now wants to watch the film. It’s great to watch something so light hearted that suits all ages. James Dreyfus played the part just as James Stewart did back in 1950 well done and thank you for a lovely afternoon.

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