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84 Charing Cross Road

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"Charming, charming, charming...." The New York Daily News

Maitland Repertory Theatre is proud to present a Newcastle Theatre Company Touring Production of

84 Charing Cross Road

by Helene Hanff, adapted by James Roose-Evans

Director: Jo Cooper

Dates: January 7 to 15, 2022

When Helene Hanff, a New York script-reader sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she writes to see if they can help with her “antiquarian taste in books.” So begins a twenty year relationship. The story of this charming correspondence is told in the play 84 Charing Cross Road.

At first the letters are between Helene and the bookshop manager Frank Doel. But their warmth and humour, along with the generous gifts of food parcels, sent when Helene finds out that England is still under rationing, soon endear Helene to the entire staff and their families. Through the letters we get to join in with the big events like the coronation as well as the small, such as how to make Yorkshire pudding. Of course we also follow Helene’s dreams of one day seeing “the England of English literature”.

Helene Hanff published their correspondence after Frank died and 84 Charing Cross Road is her most famous book.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval.

Opening Night!

Come along at 7:30pm on Friday 7 January and help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

$25 (full), $20 (concession)
Group Concessions 10+: $20
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@mrt.org.au for more details
We accept Dine and Discover Vouchers - call 0466 332 766 (10am - 2pm daily) to book using your voucher.


Bookings are open and you can book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily).


Jo Cooper

The Cast

Aimée Cavanagh - Helene
Stewart McGowan - Frank
Jack Madden - Bill Humphries
Ann-Maree Day - Maxine Stuart
Bronte Fegan - Cecily Farr
Sam Rogers - Megan Wells
Robert Comber - George Martin
Imogen Cooper - Imogen Thomas

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
January: Friday 7, Saturday 8, Wednesday 12, Friday 14, Saturday 15

Matinees at 2:00pm:
January: Sunday 9, Saturday 15
Doors open 30 minutes before performances

By arrangement with ORiGiNTM Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French
A Concord Theatricals Company

COVID Safe Conditions of Entry

The safety of our community is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and well-being of everyone.

All visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask and are asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and exercise proper physical distancing while on site.

You are not permitted to enter Maitland Repertory Theatre if you:

    • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
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