Harvey - Theatre Royal Haymarket

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Venue Information
Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket
8 Haymarket
London
London
SW1Y 4HT

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.

Harvey

Age Restriction: Suitable for 8+

Late in August of 2014 it was first hinted that the famous rabbit of Mary Chase’s iconic play Harvey would be returning to the stage in the West End and now, in 2015, this is coming true as James Dreyfus plays Elwood P Dowd in Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The production lands at the venue in March 2015 and also features Maureen Lipman amongst its cast of talented performers.

The production first runs at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and other UK venues as part of a National tour prior to its West End appearance, giving audiences nationwide the chance to pick up theatre tickets.

Harvey is the name given to a six-foot tall rabbit in Mary Chase’s classic show. He is the supposed imaginary friend of Elwood P Dowd, whose stories of the eponymous character cause great concern for his sister Veta, who is worried about the family name. As a result of her anxieties she attempts to have Elwood see a psychiatrist, but this is not something that goes according to plan. The doctor mistakenly commits Veta instead and this leads to a farcical chase at a psychiatric hospital that not only involves doctors, Veta and Elwood, but also Harvey himself.

The play first emerged in the 1940s in New York and has since been seen on both sides of the Atlantic. However, it is perhaps best known for its film adaptation that emerged in 1950 with James Stewart as Elwood. The film is rightly considered a classic and not only did it earn Academy Award nominations for its stars, it has also been referenced regularly in other media in the years since.

So it is only right that an actor with considerable comedic talent has been recruited to bring new life to the character of Elwood. James Dreyfus is well known for his appearances in television sitcoms such as Gimme Gimme Gimme, The Thin Blue Line and My Hero, in addition to Mount Pleasant and the film Notting Hill. For London theatre audiences, however, his work includes Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre, Breakfast At Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Amongst Friends at the Hampstead Theatre and his Olivier Award-winning performance in The Lady In The Dark at the National Theatre.

Under the direction of Lindsay Posner, also directing Hay Fever at the Duke of York’s Theatre this year, Harvey runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Monday 23rd March 2015 (previews from Tuesday 17th March 2015).

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 30th April 2015
Booking Until: Saturday, 2nd May 2015
Age Restriction: Suitable for 8+
Show Status: production_closed
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