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