Cambridge Arts Theatre presents
Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis in
84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
by Helene Hanff
Adapted for the stage by James Roose-Evans
Directed by Richard Beecham
Design by Norman Coates
Hollywood and Broadway legend, Stefanie Powers, stars as Helene Hanff in a major new UK tour of 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, alongside Clive Francis as Frank Doel.
Adapted from Helene Hanff’s best-selling book, 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD is a tender and heartwarming tale of transatlantic friendship. The bittersweet comedy is based on the extraordinary true story of the remarkable relationship that developed over 20 years between a vivacious New York writer and a London bookseller. Through their exchange of humorous and often intimate correspondence a snapshot of Britain from the post-war 1940’s to the swinging 60’s is revealed, alongside a touching human story that still deeply resonates today.
Stefanie Powers plays Helene Hanff. A star of stage and screen with a career spanning over 50 years, Powers is best known for her iconic role opposite Robert Wagner in Hart to Hart, which ran over 5 series and 8 TV movies between 1979 and 1996. Her extensive film and TV credits include McLintock!, The Magnificent Seven Ride Again, The Rockford Files, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Clive Francis’ recent theatre credits include An Inspector Calls (West End), Les Blancs (National Theatre) and Enron; on screen he has appeared in The Queen, Mr Turner and most recently as Lord Salisbury in the award-winning Netflix series, The Crown.
84 CHARING CROSS ROAD premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1981 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It was adapted into a film in 1987, starring Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench and Anne Bancroft as Helene, who won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
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