James Dreyfus will play Elwood P. Dowd and Maureen Lipman will play his sister Veta, who tries to get him committed rather than risk the family’s reputation. Elwood has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. When Veta takes him to see a psychiatrist Dr William Chumley, the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother.
Dreyfus most recently appeared onstage as Dr Pangloss in Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory). Other stage credits include Breakfast at Tiffany's (Haymarket Theatre), Emcee in Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), Quince in Donkey's Years (Comedy Theatre) and Carmen Gia in the original cast of The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). TV credits include "Gimme Gimme Gimme," "The Thin Blue Line" and playing opposite Bette Midler in the American sitcom "Bette."
Lipman was most recently seen in the West End in Daytona. Other recent credits include When We are Married (Garrick Theatre) and A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory and Garrick Theatre). Other stage credits include Wonderful Town, See How They Run (for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance), Lost in Yonkers and Trevor Nunn’s National Theatre production of Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman.
It is produced by Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd, as well as a TV version of the play with Leslie Nielsen in 1998.