Olivier Award-winning actors James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman star in Mary Chase’s hilarious comedy Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Directed by Lindsay Posner, Harvey is the Pulitzer Prize-winning tale that follows Elwood P Dowd and his unwavering friendship with a six foot tall invisible rabbit.
Chase’s hugely funny story follows Elwood P Dowd, who has an unwavering friendship with a six foot tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. In an attempt to save their family’s crumbling reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley. But then Dr Chumley accidentally commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, a whirlwind of catastrophic events ensue, as the community try their best to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.
Olivier Award-winning actor James Dreyfus stars as Elwood P Dowd, who is well-known for his stage credits which include Lady in the Dark, The Producers and Cabaret. Dreyfus is perhaps best-known for his extensive screen credits such as Gimme Gimme Gimme, Notting Hill and The Thin Blue Line, for which he received a British Comedy Award. He is joined by Olivier Award-winning actress Maureen Lipman, who has starred in productions such as Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Daytona. Further cast members include David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Yousseff Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren.
Directed by Posner, Harvey features lighting design by Howard Harrison and sound design by Paul Groothius. A touching tale that is sure to bring plenty of laughs, Harvey opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season beginning in March 2015.