James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman Will Star in West End Revival of Harvey

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A new production of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1944 comedy Harvey is set to receive a West End revival at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket, beginning performances March 17 prior to a gala opening March 23. It will run there through May 2. It follows a tour that opens at Birmingham's Rep Theatre Feb. 6, before visiting Malvern and Richmond.

Maureen Lipman and James Dreyfus
Maureen Lipman and James Dreyfus Photo by Gregg Stone

Lindsay Posner directs a cast led by James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd and Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons, with 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, Youssef Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren.

It is being produced by Don Gregory, who produced the play on Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd. He also produced a television version of the play with Leslie Nielsen in 1998.

In the play, Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family's reputation, Elwood's sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr. William Chumley. But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off a whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

The production will be designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Paul Groothuis.

To book tickets for the West End run, contact the box office on 020 7930 8800 or visit http://www.trh.co.uk/whatson/harvey-17-march-to-2-may-2015.

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