Originally a 1971 comedy starring Hal Ashby and Ruth Cordon, the film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. A unique, romantic story, Harold and Maude focuses on two polar opposites: a self-destructive, compulsive, young 18-year old, who attends funerals for fun and stages his own suicides, and a wild and bohemian older lady who is determined to live life to the fullest.
When Harold Parker Chasen attends the same funeral as Dame Marjorie “Maude”, this is the catalyst for an unlikely relationship. As Harold embraces Maude’s free spirit, he begins to discover the joy in living. Part comedy and part romance, the enigmatic play sees the lines of class, gender and age blurred.
Linda Marlowe stars as Maude, having most recently appeared at the Charing Cross Theatre in In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel. With multiple stage credits to her name, Marlowe is best-known for her 25-year association with Steven Berkoff, starring in shows such as No Fear and the award-winning Berkoff's Women.
Further casting includes Patrick Walshe McBride (Shakespeare & Hathaway, Photograph 51) as Harold, as well as Anthony Cable, Rebecca Caine, Christopher Dickins, Joanna Hickman, Samuel Townsend, Anne White and Johnson Willis.
Harold and Maude is directed by Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens), Artistic Director of the Charing Cross Theatre, and features set design by Francis O'Connor, costume by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Matt Clutterham, sound by Andrew Johnson, and compositions by Michael Bruce.
The hilarious and heart-warming production plays a newly extended season from April 2nd to May 7th 2018, with a press night on April 9th 2018.