Production 131 84 Charing Cross Rd

84 Charing Cross RdBy Helene Hanff, Adapted by James Roose-Evans

Performed on Thu 19th to Sat 21st July 1990 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Helene Hanff Stephanie Young
Frank Doel Richard Sewell
Cecily Farr Theresa Banks
Megan Wells Phylis Gray
Mr. Martin Sid Jones
William Humphties Lawrence Woolnough
Maxine Stuart Judy Wilson
Joan Todd Dot Smith
Thomas Nathan Sewell

Cast of 84 Charing Cross RdCast of 84 Charing Cross Rd

 

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Previews/Reviews

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84 Charing Cross Road

Curtain Up on Guild’s Latest Choice

One of the best-selling books of 1970 was 84 Charing Cross Road. Ten years later it was adapted as a play and also became a hit on TV. It was in 1949 that a struggling American writer, hoping to indulge her love of beautiful books, started a correspondence with a firm of British antiquarian booksellers. It was the warm and compassionate exchange of letters that made up the book 84 Charing Cross Road. The Guild Players will present the play at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, for three night from tonight (Thursday). The play calls for a large number of books and these are being supplied by Clive Allison, of The Golden Hind Bookshop, on Deal seafront. Clive has been in publishing and book selling all his life and lived and worked very close to 84 Charing Cross Road, knowing the staff there fairly well.

Stephanie Young as Helene Hanff

Memories of the Man at 84 Charing Cross Road

Few local play productions have had such impact as The Guild Players presentation of 84 Charing Cross Road. This week I was talking to John Jolley, bibliophile and collector, who knew Frank Joel, of Marks and Co., in the early 1950s. It was Joel’s correspondence with writer Helene Hanff that formed the basis of the best-selling novel and play 84 Charing Cross Road. John tells me that Joel was extremely polite and painstaking and always wore a slightly shabby dark suit. He was most apologetic when he had to charge me £4/10/- for the 1864 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac and then 10/- for the 1916 edition. He would have been astounded to know identical copies now sell for £960 and £810. John, who lives in Claremont Road, Deal, was born in Kingsdown and lived in Church Cliffe as a youngster. He spent his working life in freight forwarding but had to retire early owing to ill‑health. John has been married for 29 years to Maria, an Italian girl he met when she was working at the Brompton Hospital. She used to walk by my window every day – I was captivated he recalled. He can be found nowadays helping out from time-to-time at Clive Allison’s Golden Hind Bookshop. John told me that despite the success of 84 Charing Cross Roadas a play in the West End and the BBC TV production, it was not a success on Broadway, closing after only three months. Marks and Co. has long disappeared from 84 Charing Cross Road but there is a plaque which says 84 Charing Cross Road. The booksellers Marks and Co. were on this site which became world renowned through the book of Helene Hanff.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Claire Middleton
Stage Manager Den Philpot & Sid Jones
Set Dennis Philpott, David Dunn & Sid Jones
Lighting David Dunn & Graham Saunders
Prompt Gill Watson
Costumes & Make-Up Prue Jamieson
Front of House Jones, Shirley Philpott, Brenda Smith & Pam Rawcliffe
Bar Ken Watson & Giff Goldfinch
Refreshments Sue Watson
Publicity Christine Eyden
Box Office Pam Jones

Stephanie Young as Helene HanffStephanie Young as Helene Hanff