‘84 Charing Cross Road’, Director’s preview by Melvyn Bates

Melvyn Bates directs 84 Charing Cross Road at the Millgate Arts Centre

‘84 Charing Cross Road’ is an entertaining, evocative and moving collection of letters sent by the author Helene Hanff, from her home in New York, to the staff of Marks & Co, an antiquarian bookshop in London. Their correspondence spanned 20 years and resulted in a valued friendship. The play was adapted into a film in 1987 and starred Ann Bancroft and Antony Hopkins.

Our cast includes: Tracey Rontree as Helene Hanff, who was last seen at the Millgate Arts Centre in the production of ‘The Cracked Pot’. Playing the part of Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks & Co. is Simon Wood. Making up the rest of the cast are: Patricia Renshaw, Angela Bryan, Ruth Wild, Colin Watts and Sam Rowlands.

Do come along to the Millgate Arts Centre in November, when we turn our stage into a New York apartment and a second hand bookshop. I think that our team of set builders will have fun and hard work during November.

Thank you,

Melvyn Bates, Director of ‘84 Charing Cross Road’

‘84 Charing Cross Road’ will be performed by the Saddleworth Players at the Millgate Arts Centre from 23 – 30 November. Tickets are available from the Millgate website (millgateartscentre.co.uk) or by telephoning the Box Office on 01457 874644, Tuesdays 2pm–5pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2pm–7pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30am–1pm.

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