The Playhouse bring Helen Hanff’s book of literary letters to life

84 Charing Cross Road takes to The Playhouse stage from Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 April 2019.

Hanff’s novel of the same name was adapted by James Roose-Evans, and tells the story of a literary love affair of sorts, between Hanff herself and bookstore owner on the other side of the Atlantic, Frank Doel. Beginning with a letter from Hanff to Marks and Co. in 1949, 84 Charing Cross Road is a dramatisation of their business correspondence regarding Hanff’s desire to acquire obscure books, and ends twenty years later with them having struck up a friendship based on a shared love of literature.

The cast in rehearsal on The Playhouse stage

The cast features Corinna Leeder as Helene Hanff, Ben Knight as Frank Doel, Gena McCrystal as Megan Wells, Juliet O’Connor as Cecily Farr, Kevin Evans as Bill Humphries, Victor Guse as Mr Martin and Liz Allen as Maxine and Mrs Todd.

Rob Kendall directs – Rob has directed and acted in a number of plays for Masque Theatre and other companies and was very pleased to be asked to direct ’84′ for The Playhouse. Rob’s main dramatic claim to fame is shifting scenery as a callow youth for the London Her Majesties Theatre production of West Side Story (1961) and as a very brief extra in Doctor Who when Christopher Eccleston was the Doctor.

84 Charing Cross Road takes places from Tue 16 – Sat 20 April 2019 at 7.30pm at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street. Tickets cost £9 and £8 for concessions. Tickets may be booked by telephoning the box office on 01604 627791 (answerphone) or by emailing All details are on the theatre’s website at

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