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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.
Sheila Hancock’s extensive acting career includes playing Mother Superior in Sister Act the Musical, Rose in Gypsy at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and appearing in the original London productions of Annie and Sweeney Todd.
Thom Southerland is the artistic director of the Charing Cross Theatre, and has directed productions including Titanic and Ragtime, and is also set to direct the upcoming London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.
Hancock and Southerland previously worked together in the UK premiere production of musical Grey Gardens in 2016.
Announcing the production, Southerland said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing Colin Higgins’ masterpiece Harold and Maude to Charing Cross Theatre for its first ever London production. I am honoured and delighted to be teaming up again with Sheila Hancock on this incredible piece, which dares us to think beyond the obvious.”
Harold and Maude is at the Charing Cross Theatre from 19th February.