Review by David Munro
AFTER a dull and wet bank holiday, I was looking forward to a
pleasant evening in the theatre.
Alas, this proved as unappetising as the day had been.
84 Charing Cross Road is a sad little tale about an American
woman who corresponds with a London bookseller until his demise.
As originally performed, it was a poignant and wistful evening,
but last night was anything but.
The play is directed by the man who adapted an original book
for the stage, and who also directed the original production,
so he must know what he wants.
If last night was anything to go by, he doesnt want today
what he wanted before, as it was, to me at least, a travesty of
bad taste and worse acting.
I was brought up that if you cant say something nice, say
nothing, so I shall leave this critique as it stands, and say
no more other than the audience did not agree with me.
84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff, adapted for the stage
by James Roose-Evans.
Director, James Roose-Evans; Designer, Simon Higlett; Lighting,
Jack Thompson; Sound, Ed Brimley.
WITH: Rula Lenska,; William Gaunt, Helen Grace, Joanne Mitchell,
John Atterbury, Andrew Young, Joanne Mitchell, Drew Rhys Williams,
Pippa Rathbone, Catherine McCulloch.
Producer, Mark Rozzano and Nick Brooke Limited present a Churchill
Theatre, Bromley production.
Richmond Theatre, The Little Green, Richmond, Surrey. Mon, May
3 - Sat, May 8, 2004. Mon Sat: 7.45pm; Mat: Wed & Sat
2.30pm. Box Office: 020 8940 0088.