84 Charing Cross Road is a lovely, warm, gentle play that beautifully depicts the differences and similarities between the English and our USA cousins via the much neglected medium of letter writing.
It’s a tricky idea to convert a long-term transatlantic correspondence
between bookworms into a theatre piece, but director Richard Weller and a very talented
cast of Haslemere Thespians convert a smart script into a lovely interplay between a noisy,
sassy, assertive and opinionated New York book lover and the rather restrained staff of an
English post-war bookshop still suffering from rationing, a story that ultimately fades into one
of loneliness, loss and stoical acceptance.
A round of applause for the set before a word has been spoken is always a good start...