COMING SOON: Harvey | By Mary Chase

5th – 15th April 2017   |   7.45pm


‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase is a light-hearted, Pulitzer Prize winning comedy set in the 1940’s with two locations; the Dowd family mansion and Chumley’s mental institution.

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his friend, Harvey, a six-feet-and-a-half white rabbit, to guests at a social society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behaviour as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter Myrtle Mae and their family from further embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to Dr. Sanderson that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! Veta is committed instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for Harvey, it seems that Elwood’s mild-mannered delusion has a strange effect on the doctors and only at the end does Veta realise that maybe living with Harvey isn’t so bad after all…

Elwood. P. Dowd - Dave Hawkes
Veta Simmons - Lynne Foster 
Myrtle-Mae Simmons - Dani McIntyre
Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet - Fabienne Hanley
Dr. William Chumley - Jesse Powis
Mrs. Betty Chumley - Stephanie Yorke-Edwards
Judge Omar Gaffeny - Robin Winder 
Dr. Sanderson - Alec Clements
Miss Ruth Kelly- Imogen Carr
Wilson- Lewis Clark
Cab Driver - Ian Russell
Directed by Jade Flack

Directors Note

“Harvey, the film had been sat on my nan’s shelf for years alongside others like ‘Blithe Spirit’ and ‘Gaslight’, so I grew up with a good history with films. Films and plays are completely different of course but it gave me a rough concept of how I would set the play.

I love the nature of the play and the atmosphere set by the very first scene. You understand the frantic nature of the characters and Veta’s obsessive need for normality from her brother, Elwood. When introduced to the character’s in Chumley’s mental intuition, It’s hard not to fall in love with them as they take poor Veta for a ride of misconceptions, and allow Elwood off scott-free!

It’s a simple, heart-warming comedy where the star of the show is never seen!”

Jade Flack  |  Director

Tickets are £10 Concessions £9.00 (except Friday and Saturday.) Available from the Chelmsford Civic Theatre box office, by calling 01245 606505 or click HERE to book via the Chelmsford Civic Theatre ticket website.

STARTS THIS WEEK: Love, Loss And What I Wore

Love, Loss and What I Wore

24th – 28th January 2017   |   7.45pm  | The Old Court Theatre

A show where matters of the heart and matters of the closet are intrinsically linked, Love, Loss and What I Wore isn’t just about the fabric that covers us on a daily basis (and stops us breaking the law by being naked in public). It’s about how an item of clothing can change our day – or even our lives.

This intimate collection of stories by superstar sisters Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn) and Delia Ephron (You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman.

If you’ve ever lusted after Madonna’s corset or despaired over the bottomless pit that is your handbag, this showcase of stories will strike a chord.


Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, everyone can identify with clothes and their power to change our minds and moods. From the safety of wearing black and the horror of a first bra, to a lost shirt as a metaphor for a relationship.

And while the stories are experiences written by or about women, this isn’t a play only for women. After all, what man can’t say he hasn’t owned a very special pair of shoes or lucky pants?

Love, Loss And What I Wore runs from Tuesday to Saturday this week at the Old Court Theatre at 7.45pm. Anyone interested in hearing more about the play is welcome to join us for our TalkBack, which takes place straight after the performance on Thursday 26th January.

Click HERE to book tickets via the Chelmsford Civic Theatre Box Office or call 01245 606505.