Harpy starring Su Pollard to return for national tour

Su Pollard is back to star in Edinburgh Fringe hit Harpy in a national tour this autumn

Harpy Pollard
Su Pollard in Harpy. Photo: Andrew Searle

Hi-De-Hi! star Su Pollard is to reprise her performance in Philip Meeks’ Edinburgh Fringe hit Harpy in a national tour.

Previously scheduled to run in 2020 but halted by Covid-19, the new production will be directed by Abigail Anderson whose credits include the UK tour of Pride and Prejudice.

Originally written with Pollard in mind, Harpy is a heart-breaking but often funny exploration of one woman’s struggles with mental health and loneliness, manifesting itself through extreme hoarding.

It premiered at Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, directed by Hannah Chissick, featuring a tour-de-force solo performance by Pollard.

The new tour will run from September through to November. See below for the dates.

Pollard said: “I am beyond excited to be bringing Harpy across the country at last – we’ve waited a long time! It’ll be terrific to be performing for a live audience and connecting with people once again, bringing this beautiful play to new audiences. Entertainment is essential, especially after the year we’ve had, and I can’t wait to get back on the road.”

The creative team also includes designer Alex Marker, lighting designer James Whiteside, sound designer Simon Slater and producer Suzanna Rosenthal for Something for the Weekend.

28-29 September
King’s Theatre, Portsmouth

2 October
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

6 October
The Horsham Capitol, Horsham

8 October
Theatre Royal Margate

12 October
The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone

16 October
Malvern Theatres, Malvern

18 October
Gala Theatre, Durham

20 October
Castle Theatre, Wellingborough

21 October
Waterside Theatre, Sale

23 October
Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

26 October
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

28 October
Middlesbrough Theatre

29 October
Alnwick Playhouse

30 October
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

6 November
Blackpool Grand Theatre

11-12 November
Curve Studio, Leicester

16 November
Taunton Brewhouse

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