84 Charing Cross Road

Writer: Helene Hanff
Adapted by James Roose-Evans
Directed by Hilary Norrish

Broadcast: Sun 19th January 1992 Play of the Week: BBC World Service
4th May 1992 BBC Radio 4



  • Helene Hanff . . . . . . . . . Miriam Karlin
    Frank Doel. . . . . . . . . Frank Finlay
    Cecily / Ginny . . . . . . . . . Sarah Woodward
    Maxine . . . . . . . . . Charmian May
    Megan / Charlady . . . . . . . . . Marilyn Findlay
    Mary Boulton / Joan . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Bradley
    Nora / Kay . . . . . . . . . Anna Nygh
    Alvin / Ed / Bill. . . . . . . . . Robert Portal
    George / Pilot . . . . . . . . . Peter Penry-Jones

    This production was also made available on audio cassette - 84 Charing Cross Road.







  • It started life as a novel, transferred to the stage, made the small screen as a Play for Today, hit the big screen with stars Anthony Hopkins and Ann Bancroft ... now 84 Charing Cross Road, the true story of a love affair between two people who never meet, has been turned into a play for radio. The story tells of Helene Hanff, a New York writer with a passion for literature, whose Interest leads her to correspond with Frank Doel, owner of a dusty, old-fashioned bookshop in London. For more than 20 years they exchange letters and form a deep and enduring friendship. Based on Helene Hanff's novel of the same name, It stars Miriam Karlin - seen recently In the BBC1 comedy So Haunt Me - and Frank Finlay, who also played the role on television In 1975.

    Radio Times 2-8 May 1993



  • James Roose-Evans has had a very distinguished career as a theatre director, writer on experimental theatre and teacher at RADA and Central School. In 1959 Roose-Evans founded the Hampstead Theatre Club and remained their till 1971 - with many productions transferring to the West End.

    He is probably best known for 84 Charing Cross Road, which he adapted for the stage - directing its world premiere at the Salisbury Playhouse in the summer of 1981.

    Frank and James first worked together in The Waltz Of The Toreadors by Jean Anouilh at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in 1958 which James directed.

    Frank played Frank Doel in the Hugh Whitemore adaptation of 84 Charing Cross Road for the BBC's Play for Today (1975) and his old friend from early NT days Sir Anthony Hopkins would play the part in the 1987 film version.