Whilst in search of obscure classics and British literature titles that she had been unable to find  in New York City, Helen Hanff notices an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature. She contacts the  shop, and it falls to Frank Doel to fulfil her requests.  

In time, a long-distance friendship develops between the two, with an exchange  of Christmas packages, birthday gifts and food parcels to help with the post-World War II food  shortages in Britain. Their letters included discussions about topics as diverse as the sermons of John  Donne, how to make Yorkshire Pudding, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the coronation of Queen  Elizabeth II.  

The play written by James Roose-Evans features Hunters Hill Theatre regulars Liz Grindley as Helene Hanff and Ross Alexander as  Frank Doel. The cast also includes Susan Mozelle and Kimberlea Smith. The production is directed  by Maggie Scott who has directed many productions for Hunters Hill Theatre. 

Hunters Hill Theatre is thrilled to present this heart-warming play at its new venue in Club Ryde, 728  Victoria Road, Ryde. The season commences on June 18th and continues until July 4th, 2021. Performance times are Friday’s & Saturday’s at 7:30pm, and also matinees at 2pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.


$28 – $30 – Discounts for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more are available. 


Club Ryde, 728 Victoria Road, Ryde 

Hunters Hill Theatre is a community group performing four productions a year. The group was  founded in 1930 as the Hunters Hill Play Reading and Dramatic Club and has been performing in the district continuously ever since. 

The theatre is proud to be operating in a new venue at Club Ryde. The intimate 100 seat theatre also  provides patrons with the opportunity to dine before the show. 

The group and its productions are staffed entirely by members and volunteers, managed by the committee and is proud to support the Marist Sisters’ Colleges theatre studies programme by including students in several productions a year. 

Featured image : Susan Mozell as Maxine in Hunter’s Hill Theatre’s production of ’84 Charing Cross Road’ at Club Ryde


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