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

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About the show

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

23 Reviews Add review

EmmaKirkup 5"7, 21 reviews, 5 helpful votes

jamesflockhart 5''11, 223 reviews, 16 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... More

Nama123 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 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... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 211 reviews, 12 helpful votes

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

YM 168, 134 reviews, 6 helpful votes

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

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

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

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

matthewseaman 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes