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.
Sheila Hancock stars as Maude, having most recently appeared opposite Jenna Russell in the Southwark Playhouse’s production of musical Grey Gardens. With multiple stage and screen credits to her name, Hancock has starred in shows such as Sister Act and Barking in Essex, as well as an Olivier Award-winning supporting role in Cabaret.
Further casting includes Bill Milner (Dunkirk, X-Men) 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 from February 18th to March 31st 2018, with an official opening night on February 26th 2018.