A.R. Gurney’s play Love Letters starring Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove will reopen London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season from 19 May to 13 June 2021.
Presented by Bill Kenwright and directed by Roy Marsden, the critically lauded production of Love Letters originally opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 3 December 2020. It was the first post-lockdown play to open in the West End since the pandemic began, before sadly being forced to close on 14 December due to increased restrictions in London.
The play follows the tender, tragi-comic story of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends. A play that could have been written for the Covid era about two people physically separated yet brought together by candid communication and shared confidences, a romance blossoming across the miles and the years.
The play first opened in New York in 1989 and was a finalist in the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Gaining huge popularity, it has since played in theatres across the globe, attracting both real-life and on-screen couples to star as the protagonists. The last Broadway production in 2014 featured Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy.
Shaw and Seagrove played opposite each other as Judge John Deed and barrister Jo Mills respectively in the TV series Judge John Deed. Both have made a number of West End theatre appearances and Shaw has starred in several series as Inspector George Gently, while Seagrove has completed big screen appearances in Another Mother’s Son and Off the Rails.
Martin Shaw’s many West End successes include: Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (both Theatre Royal Haymarket), Alan Bleasdale’s Are You Lonesome Tonight, Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl, Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men and most recently (and relevantly) as a tortured American presidential candidate in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.
Jenny Seagrove last starred at the Haymarket in Alan Ayckbourn’s How The Other Half Loves and her many West End productions include Tennessee Williams’ Night of the Iguana, David Rabe’s Hurly Burly, David Hare’s The Secret Rapture, Noël Coward’s Present Laughter and Somerset Maugham’s The Letter.