A new UK tour of Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road, starring Stephanie Powers and Clive Francis, has been announced.
Cambridge Arts Theatre is producing James Roose-Evans’s adaptation of the novel, in collaboration with Lee Dean and Salisbury Playhouse.
Richard Beecham directs. Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis reprise their roles from 2016 to play Helene Hanff and Frank Doel in this tender and heart-warming tale of transatlantic friendship.
The production opens at Darlington Hippodrome on May 23 before touring.
84 Charing Cross Road is a bittersweet comedy based on the extraordinary true story of the remarkable relationship that developed over 20 years between a vivacious New York writer and a London bookseller.
Through their exchange of humorous and often intimate correspondence, a snapshot of Britain, from the post-war 1940s to the swinging ’60s, is revealed, alongside a touching human story that still resonates today.
Helene Hanff (1916-1997) was an American novelist and screenwriter whose principal works include 84 Charing Cross Road, Q’s Legacy, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street and Underfoot in Show Business.
James Roose-Evans founded the Hampstead Theatre in London and The Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit.
His numerous credits also include a landmark adaptation of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie; and directing Sir John Gielgud’s last appearance on the London stage.
Stefanie Powers is best known for her role opposite Robert Wagner in Hart to Hart, which ran over five series and eight TV movies between 1979 and 1996.
Theatre credits include On Golden Pond (UK tour) and The King And I (US and UK tour).
Clive Francis’s recent theatre credits include An Inspector Calls (Playhouse Theatre), Les Blancs (National Theatre), The Slaves of Solitude (Hampstead Theatre) and Thark (Park Theatre).
84 Charing Cross Road Tour Dates 2018
May 23 – 26, Darlington Hippodrome
May 29 – June 2, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
June 4 – 9, Malvern Festival Theatre
June 11 – 16, Richmond Theatre – BUY TICKETS
June 18 – 23, Oxford Playhouse
June 26 – 30, Cambridge Arts Theatre