New stars of Harold and Maude
Wednesday 28 March 2018
London West End - Shows
Linda Marlowe and Patrick Walshe McBride are today announced as the new stars of the black comedy romantic drama Harold and Maude. Their first performance is Monday April 2 as the production extends its run.
Patrick Walshe McBride and Linda Marlowe - photo: Darren Bell
Saturday 31 March is your final chance to see Sheila Hancock and Bill Millner in Harold and Maude at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Nominated for 5 Off West End Awards, the production has extended its London run by 6 weeks to May 12 and, from 2 April, new stars will be in place in the leading roles with Linda Marlowe taking on the part of Maude and Patrick Walshe McBride set to star as Harold.
About the actors ...
Linda Marlowe worked with Steven Berkoff over a 25-year span as his leading lady in most of his plays, touring internationally and in the West End.
Her association with him gave rise to her first solo show, Berkoff's Women.
She followed that with No Fear, Mortal Ladies Possessed, Believe, The World's Wife, written by Carol Ann Duffy, the poet Laureate, and Miss Havisham's Expectations.
She has toured these shows nationally and internationally and won the What's On Stage, Peoples Choice Theatre Award as Best Actress in her solo show Berkoff's Women, seen in the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre.
In her many TV and film appearances she has worked with Richard Burton, Peter OToole, Albert Finney, Adrien Brody and Gillian Anderson.
She last appeared at Charing Cross Theatre as the star of Tennessee Williams' In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel.
Patrick Walshe McBride is currently appearing daily on BBC1 as series regular Sebastian in Shakespeare & Hathaway.
On stage he played the title role in Peer Gynt (Barbican and BBC Radio 3) and appeared in the West End with Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 (Noel Coward).
Patrick was a finalist for the Michael Bryant Award (National Theatre) and the Carleton Hobbs Award (BBC Radio).
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 (Sheila 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.
Sheila Hancock - Maude (until 31 March)
Bill Milner - Harold (until 31 March)
Linda Marlowe - Maude (from 2 April)
Patrick Walshe McBride - Harold (from 2 April)
Anthony Cable - Gardener / Inspector Bernard
Rebecca Caine - Mrs Chasen
Christopher Dickins - Dr Matthews
Joanna Hickman - Multiple dates
Samuel Townsend - Sergeant Dopple
Anne White - Marie
Johnson Willis - Father Finnegan
Author: Colin Higgins
Composer: Michael Bruce
Director: Thom Southerland
Designer: Francis O'Connor
Costume designer: Jonathan Lipman
Lighting: Matt Clutterham
Sound: Andrew Johnson
Production: Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams, consulting producer James Cass Rogers.
From: Monday 19 February 2018
Closes: Saturday 12 May 2018
Standard: From £46
ActDrop full listing for Harold and Maude