Love Letters by A.R. Gurney


Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of “good schools.” While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

Cast & Creatives

Paul FowlerDirector
Rod Arkle
Paul Fowler
Bryan Hall
Kimberley Vaughan
Pat Bancroft
Fraser Haines
Lynne O'Sullivan
Bernadette Wood 

Steven Clark Kellogg
Music- Melissa's Song

Philip Welsh
Lighting & Sound

Ella Drake
Lighting & Sound

Denise SwannStage Manager
Martin Borley-Cox
Programme & Poster Design

Richard JordanProduction
Kate BillinghamProduction


November 15-18 - Playhouse Theatre, Northampton (Bryan/Pat/Paul/Lynne)

Februrary 17 - The Place, Bedford (Kim/Rod)
February 18 - Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable (Bernadette/Fraser)