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Previewed 11 February 2004, Opened 20 February 2004, Closed 5 September 2004 at the Haymarket Theatre in London
A major stage adaptation by Marcy Kahan of Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally in London, adapted for the stage from the motion picture, and starring Molly Ringwald and Michael Landes.
Set over a number of years, When Harry Met Sally tells the story of two lifelong friends who eventually fall in love. Brimming over with style, intelligence and flashing wit, this irresistible 80's classic has been adapted for the stage by Marcy Kahan, based on the Academy Award nominated original screenplay by Nora Ephron which starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
The cast for When Harry Met Sally in London from 2 June 2004 features Molly Ringwald as 'Sally' and Michael Landes as 'Harry' with Dexter Fletcher as 'Jack', Suzannah Wise as 'Marie' and Elizabeth Jasicki. Please note that Elizabeth Jasicki will play the role of 'Sally' from 1 to 7 July 2004. Directed by Loveday Ingram with designs by Ultz, lighting by Nigel Edwards, sound by John Owens and music by Ben Cullum and Jamie Cullum. The original cast up to 29 May 2004 featured Luke Perry as 'Harry' and Alyson Hannigan as 'Sally' with Jake Broder as 'Jack' and Sharon Small as 'Marie'. Luke Perry is best known for playing the role of 'Dylan McKay' in the television series Beverly Hills 90210. Alyson Hannigan is best known for her role as ' Willow Rosenberg' in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
"The film, though entertaining, is hardly a sacrosanct masterpiece. The play, if you take it on its own terms, is perfectly acceptable. It slips down easily; it's shallow, but it at least has a shallow charm. Luke Perry and Alyson Hannigan play the young Manhattan couple... and they make their way brightly enough through a series of short, neat, sitcom-style confrontations. Admittedly it's hard not to be aware, especially if you know New York, how much of a fairy-tale the whole thing is. .. But there is no harm in fairy-tales, in moderation, while Loveday Ingram's production is good on New York surface detail." The Sunday Telegraph
"All the set pieces are present - the fake orgasm, the postcoital panic, the trembling resolution - while the Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus rhetoric is delivered with the kind of cosy, eye-rolling exasperation that both sexes can enjoy. On these terms, When Harry Met Sally is a satisfying, amiable success, and, to be fair, these are the only terms that really concern it... Nobody could pretend Luke Perry or Alyson Hannigan are great classical actors, but they are fine ciphers for the script's zippy wit, and while it's strange seeing these heroes of teen drama playing veterans of the dating game, they bring a sweet conviction to their roles... Admittedly, both leads are outshone by Jake Broder and Sharon Small as their friends, Jack and Marie, but in a play where a flash of Perry's buttocks is greeted with raunchy whoops of delight, it doesn't really matter. At times, it's more like going to see a band than a play, as the audience actively anticipates the greatest hits... It might not have you screaming Yes! Yes! Yes! - but you'll still respect it in the morning." The Sunday Times
"This stage adaptation plays safe and uninspired. Ultz's design even looks like a movie screen. But for a handful of short and sweet video interviews with old couples still crazy about each other after all these years, making it more cinematic than ever, Marcy Kahan's similarly safe and uninspired stage adaptation is faithful to the spirit of the original. Which isn't enough to make it live on stage... The performances are perfectly likeable. Luke Perry's Harry is much cuter and more attractive than Billy Crystal... Alyson Hannigan hasn't Meg Ryan's ditzy charm, but she's cute enough as naive, fastidious Sally, happy in her Marigolds and hoping for love." The Mail on Sunday
When Harry Met Sally in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 11 February 2004, opened on 20 February 2004 and closed on 5 September 2004.