Harold and Maude at Charing Cross Theatre tickets
Harold and Maude at Charing Cross Theatre tickets

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Overview

Stage veteran Linda Marlowe returns to the West End to star in Colin Higgins’ 1970’s dark comedy Harold and Maude, taking over the role from Sheila Hancock Playing an extended season at the Charing Cross Theatre, it marks the first ever London production of the play, which sees a very unlikely pair come together by chance.

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.

Recommended for

Those who love the original film should take the opportunity to see the stage adaptation, which brings to life the quirky characters.

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 19 Feb 2018
Press night: 26 Feb 2018
Booking from: 12 May 2018
Booking until: 12 May 2018

Location and map

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG

18 Reviews Add review

I loved everything about this show. You walk in and see the set which has the most creative design and angles. It works with the p... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 150 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I loved everything about this show. You walk in and see the set which has the most creative design and angles. It works with the play beautifully creating depth at the back of the stage when needed. The costumes are of the 1970’s when the film was made and Maude wears some lovely colourful outfits. No spoilers here but the creativity of the show was mind blowing. I was in awe with how they put across some aspects. The whole cast were incredible and the interaction between the various characters, which doubled up as musicians was sheer brilliance. I don’t normally name actors in my reviews because I go to see the show and not the big names, but I have to mention the beautiful relationship Bill Milner and Sheila Hancock created on stage. I was aware this play might not live up to the film which I adore, but it did not disappoint me in any way and their relationship was delightfully portrayed. I highly recommend seeing this, especially if you enjoy dark humour. I held my camera a bit low down so please bear in mind the view is better than my photo!

Charmainf 5ft 4", 150 reviews, 9 helpful votes

A moving play with a hippy message about living life to the full. Plenty of laughs but the blossoming romance between the lonely t... More

Nama123 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A moving play with a hippy message about living life to the full. Plenty of laughs but the blossoming romance between the lonely teenage boy and 80-year-old woman is handled sensitively. I was in seat 1 on the right balcony, and when Sheila Hancock climbed a ladder (tree) as part of the play, her face was just six feet away from me. A lovely small, intimate theatre.

Nama123 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was a funny, but touching play. Great performances from the two leads in particular.

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

It was a funny, but touching play. Great performances from the two leads in particular.

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A wonderful charming production of the play, Harold and Maude - with a great cast including Sheila Hancock who seems the part Maud... More

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A wonderful charming production of the play, Harold and Maude - with a great cast including Sheila Hancock who seems the part Maude was made for! To change scene the actors also played some great little tunes to add atmosphere - so great set, great acting and great direction!

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

sueseaman 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

sueseaman 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Quirky and rather well acted.

barrythompson1 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Quirky and rather well acted.

barrythompson1 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

matthewseaman 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

matthewseaman 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very disappointed with this production, considering it stars the wonderful Sheila Hancock. I was surprised she put her name to th... More

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Very disappointed with this production, considering it stars the wonderful Sheila Hancock. I was surprised she put her name to this. For me, the script was weak and flat. The comedy aspect just didn't work for me and I was cringing at some of the acting - it felt very amateurish. The theatre was only half full as well....

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the show with great acting and set well put together.

Queenie 5'2, 55 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Really enjoyed the show with great acting and set well put together.

Queenie 5'2, 55 reviews, 7 helpful votes