Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep

The new production of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey directed by Lindsay Posner and starring James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd and Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons, will play a limited season at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket from Tuesday 17 March until Saturday 2 May, with a Gala Night on Monday 23 March. The production first plays Birmingham Repertory Theatre beginning 6 February, running until 21 February, with a national press night on Tuesday 17 February. After Birmingham, the production will play in Malvern from 24 to 28 February and Richmond from 3 to 7 March. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Joining James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman in the 2015 production are David Bamber as William R. Chumley, Desmond Barrit as Judge Omar Gaffney, Felicity Dean as Betty Chumley, Ingrid Oliver as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Amanda Boxer as Miss Ethel Chauvenet, Sally Scott as Nurse Ruth Kelly, Youssef Kerkour as Duane Wilson, Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson and Linal Haft as E J Lofgren.

Don Gregory produced the play on Broadway in 2012 with Jim Parsons as Elwood P. Dowd. He also produced a television version of Harvey with Leslie Nielsen in 1998. Don Gregory's other Broadway productions include the recent highly acclaimed production of The Belle of Amherst with Joely Richardson and the original production of the same play with Julie Harris, My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison, Camelot with Richard Burton, Othello with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer and Clarence Darrow with Henry Fonda.

Elwood P. Dowd has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family's reputation, Elwood's sister Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley. But when the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother, it sets off an hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.

HARVEY will be directed by Lindsay Posner and designed by Peter McKintosh, with lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Paul Groothuis.

HARVEY is produced by Don Gregory for Harvey West End Ltd in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

6-21 February Birmingham Repertory Theatre | 0121 236 4455 | www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

24-28 February Malvern Theatres | 01684 892277 | www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

3-7 March Richmond Theatre | 0844 871 7651 | www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre

17 March - 2 May Theatre Royal Haymarket | 18 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HT | Box Office: 020 7930 8800

Tickets: £56.50, £46.50, £36.50, £21.50, £16.50 (£76.50 Premium Seats) including Restoration Levy + Booking Fee. For more information, go to www.harveyonstage.co.uk, or follow on Facebook and Twitter @Harvey_on_Stage.

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Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
David Bamber as William R. Chumley and James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
David Bamber as William R. Chumley and James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
David Bamber as William R. Chumley and James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
David Bamber as William R. Chumley and Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
James Dreyfus as Elwood P. Dowd

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
James Dreyfus, Amanda Boxer, Maureen Lipman and Ingrid Oliver

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
James Dreyfus, Desmond Barrit, Jack Hawkins, Ingrid Oliver and Maureen Lipman

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons and Jack Hawkins as Lyman Sanderson

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Maureen Lipman as Veta Louise Simmons

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Maureen Lipman, Desmond Barrit and Ingrid Oliver

Photo Flash: First Look at James Dreyfus and More in HARVEY at Birmingham Rep
Sally Scott, James Dreyfus, Youssef Kerkour and Jack Hawkins



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