Humour and kindness shine through
THE play 84 Charing Cross Road, the forthcoming TOADS production at the Little Theatre, Torquay, has been a popular choice for audiences ever since Helene Hanff's well known book of the same name was adapted for the stage.
The play portrays the real life, long distance literary relationship which developed between Helene Hanff in New York, and Frank Doel in an antiquarian London bookshop from 1949 to 1968. This heartwarming story of human friendship, shared interests, kindnesses, and affection has charmed readers and audiences alike since the book was published in 1970.
While Helene Hanff is best known as the author of this story, she produced a great many more works than those, including scripts for the American TV series the Adventures of Ellery Queen.
Her struggle to break into the male dominated world of the script writing industry, all the while educating herself in English literature, shows just how tenacious a woman Helene was, and her humour, charisma and her kindness all shine through in this play.
Director Paul ffitch thanked his cast for taking on this play, saying 'there is little to hide behind in this play, — no fast moving plot to keep things going, no spectacle, no slamming doors. What there is, central to every good play, is real people who you can believe in and care about'.
84 Charing Cross Road plays at the Little Theatre, Torquay, on October 12 and from October 14 to 19.