Saturday, 21 April 2018

Transatlantic tale seeks actors

AN award-winning production of the classic play 84 Charing Cross Road is coming to Henley’s Kenton Theatre in the autumn

AN award-winning production of the classic play 84 Charing Cross Road is coming to Henley’s Kenton Theatre in the autumn and the producers want local people to join the cast.

“We’re having a reading at Remenham Village Hall this Sunday evening at 7pm,” says producer Darrel Poulos who is also a successful local director. “There are roles for both sexes and all ages which are vital to the show. We know that there’s a wealth of acting talent around Henley and we’re keen to get them on board.”

The two main roles are already cast, but Mr Poulos says they want to give other local talent a chance to be in a show which has won critics’ plaudits and cleaned up awards.

The show portrays a 30-year transatlantic romance between two book lovers who never meet.

Helene Hanff is a New Yorker with a love of literature, and Frank Doel is a London bookseller who helps to consummate that love through an exchange of letters. Henley’s Texan-born Suri Poulos plays Helene in a play which won the region’s best production award for the country’s association of drama groups, NODA, when it was produced in Chesham last year.

The report said: “Suri Poulos as Helene Hanff was brilliant. Being an American she had no difficulty with her accent but her vivacity and sheer exuberance made her a character everyone adored. She was not playing a part — she was living it.”

The show will go on at the Kenton in late September but the producers are keen to have the four uncast roles’ characters in place before the summer.

The play reading takes place at Remenham Village Hall on Sunday (May 12) at 7pm. All are welcome.

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