Letters of love at The Q

A FINALIST for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Love Letters has enveloped audiences with its unique format that has attracted world class actors in its starring roles, including Elizabeth Taylor, Jerry Hall, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Reeve, Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Stockard Channing, William Hurt, Christopher Walken, Carol Burnett and Lynn Redgrave.

Real-life couple Hannah Waterman (EastEnders) and Huw Higginson (The Bill) star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'Love Letters' at The Q.

Real-life couple Hannah Waterman (EastEnders) and Huw Higginson (The Bill) star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'Love Letters' at The Q.

This colourful exploration of a lifelong friendship between two people became a Broadway hit for both its stellar line-up and the spectacular quality of the playwright's work.

Melissa Gardner and Andy Ladd are childhood friends. Both born into wealthy New York families, they begin writing to each other with tentative holiday postcards, birthday invitations and thank you letters.

As the children move on to boarding school, college and beyond, they stay in touch through a series of letters that explore their blossoming hopes for romance as well as their changing fortunes. Andy becomes a celebrated lawyer, while Melissa leaves a trail of controversy and school expulsions behind her, eventually becoming an artist.

Through 50 years of laughter, pain, unions and estrangements, the bond between Andy and Melissa remains unbreakable. While his life reaches for the glory of the US Senate, hers descends into trouble and rejection.

All the while they grasp at the chance of love with each other and share their experiences of loving others.

Starring international TV stars and real-life couple Hannah Waterman (EastEnders) and Huw Higginson (The Bill) and directed by AFI Award winner Denny Lawrence, this intimate recital of letters will continue to astound, charm and move Australian audiences with its story of an enduring bittersweet affair.

* Catch Love Letters at The Q Performing Arts Centre in Queanbeyan from Wednesday, May 21 to Saturday, May 24. Tickets are available online at www.theq.net.au or by phoning the box office on 6285 6290.

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