Monday, 15 October 2018

Books are on the Henley stage as well as in the air

YOU can have too much of a good thing, goes the saying, but theatre director Mike Consden doesn’t agree, writes

YOU can have too much of a good thing, goes the saying, but theatre director Mike Consden doesn’t agree, writes Mike Rowbottom.

He’s bringing his award-winning production of 84 Charing Cross Road to the Kenton Theatre next week and he says it’s as fresh now as when it opened 18 months ago.

The play is rooted in the world of books and book-lovers and is an ideal way to set the scene for the Henley Literary Festival which opens the following week.

“Books are in the air at this time of year in Henley and it’s nice to catch that atmosphere,” says Mike. “As we’ve been rehearsing, new things have emerged from the script that we hadn’t seen earlier so it’s constantly moving.”

The show was first staged in Chesham in March of last year and won two important drama awards, including best actress for Henley’s Suri Poulos.

“We thought that it was such a success and so many of the team come from Henley that we should put it on again and give our friends and neighbours a chance to share the fun,” adds Mike.

84 Charing Cross Road is based on the trues story of two booksellers, Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, who live in New York and London. They write regularly to each other over a 30-year period in an ever-deepening friendship, but they never meet.

The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday, September 25 to 28. Visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk for tickets.

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