The full cast joining Sheila Hancock has been announced for the London premiere of Harold and Maude, the stage adaptation of the 1971 film by Colin Higgins. Harold and Maude is romantic tale about an unlikely couple, a compulsive younger man and a care-free septuagenarian. As previously announced, Olivier Award-winner Sheila Hancock will play the latter, Maude.
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Harold and Maude is an idiosyncratic fable told though the eyes of the most unlikely pairing: a compulsive, self-destructive young man who attends funerals for entertainment and a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian.
Through Colin Higgins' tale, we experience a way of seeing the world that looks directly into darkness, stresses our need for humour, the freedom to create, and kindness, while concluding that cynicism and despair are dead ends. Equal parts dark comedy and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with ones that separate people by class, gender and age.
It will be directed by Thom Southerland, and star Sheila Hancock.
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Olivier Award-winning actress Sheila Hancock is set to star in the London stage premiere of Harold and Maude, in Thom Southerland’s production at the Charing Cross Theatre from February 2018. Colin Higgins’ Harold and Maude is a black comedy about Dame Marjorie Chardin (played by Hancock) who believes in living live to the fullest who meets Harold – an 18 year-old obsessed with death – at a funeral. The play will run at the Charing Cross Theatre from 19th February to 31st March, with an official opening on 26th February. Further casting and creative team is to be announced.