Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

4.5 (2) · Contemporary

Sheila Hancock will star as Maude, and Thom Southerland returns to direct.

Overview

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 Higgin’s tale, we experience a way of seeing the world that looks directly into darkness, stresses our needs 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.

Critic reviews

The British premiere of the stage version of the film struggles to find the right tone in which to sell us on these whimsical characters.

The Times

Hancock brings a playful effervescence to her role.

The Stage

...unsettlingly chucklesome.

Financial Times

There’s witty live music and convincing performances by Sheila Hancock and Bill Milner but this staging of the cult movie feels coy and dated.

The Guardian

Clunky but tender adaptation of the classic film.

Time Out

Sheila Hancock brings a poignancy to the role and her comic timing is often masterful.

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 19 Feb - Sat 12 May, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm

Venue

The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL London, UK · Get Directions
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