Olivier Award-winning West End actor Sheila Hancock is to star in the London premiere of the blackly comic,romantic drama, Harold and Maude.
Colin Higgins’ Harold and Maude will reunite Sheila with director Thom Southerland after their acclaimed, sold-out, success with the UK premiere of the musical Grey Gardens in 2016.
Harold and Maude will premiere at Charing Cross Theatre from February 19 and run until March 31.
Harold and Maude is an idiosyncratic romantic fable told though the eyes of the most unlikely pairing: a compulsive, self-destructive young man and a devil-may-care, septuagenarian bohemian.
Dame Marjorie “Maude” Chardin (Hancock), is a free spirit who wears her hair in braids, believes in living each day to its fullest, and “trying something new every day”.
Harold Parker Chasen is an 18-year-old man who is obsessed with death, attends funerals of strangers for entertainment and stages elaborate fake suicides.
Through meeting Maude at a funeral, he discovers joy in living for the first time.
Part 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.
Charing Cross Theatre’s artistic director, Thom 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.”