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11 February

11 February

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SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT: A.R. Gurneys Love Letters is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Thanks to its simple staging, Gurneys play has been performed in theatre spaces all over the world, from the New York Public Library to Broadway to Carnegie Hall and back again.

Put away your iPhone (at least for a minute.) to find out how a touching romance through old-fashioned pen and paper will officially blossom at WWLT in February. When Gurney set out to create Love Letters, he initially intended to write a book. I was thinking, Hell, Ive had enough of theatre for a while.

After his publisher said, We dont publish plays, Gurney rewrote it as a two-person play, where both actors read letters back and forth to one another. The result is a Pulitzer Prize nominated play theatre down to its most simple level, the spoken word. Love Letters is a tender, tragi-comic, and nuanced examination of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends.

While spanning five decades and numerous locations, it is staged simply, letting their words describe a world of emotion. As there are two alternating casts, many people have asked which cast for which session? That is now finalised and here are the sessions: Friday 19th February 8pm Jenna Arnold with Mark Austin Saturday 20th February 8pm Pauline Wright with Graham Vale Sunday 21st February 2pm Jenna and Mark Friday 26th February 8pm Pauline and Graham Saturday 27th February 8 pm Jenna and Mark Sunday 28th February 2pm Pauline and Graham Friday 5th March 8pm Jenna and Mark Saturday 6th March 2pm Jenna and Mark Saturday 6th March 8pm Pauline and Graham Sunday 7th March 2pm Pauline and Graham Book tickets here www.trybooking.com/BOFPA.

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