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Ladies of Letters

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An Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production
LADIES OF LETTERS by Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman
Adapted by Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street, Gimme Gimme Gimme)

Irene and Vera meet under a table at a wedding, after consuming too much sherry. Over the ensuing years, they form a hilarious, barbed long-distance friendship.

Tessa plays Irene, an ex-mobile librarian with a flair for taramsalata, and Gwyneth is Vera, a retired medical receptionist, embarking on a new relationship with Bill. Between them they battle the big issues of the 21st century, for better, and worse. From climate change protest and drug trafficking to accidental imprisonment, they freely vent their views on their ungrateful children, how to find love at 60, and, on each other.

Ladies of Letters is a riotously funny, sharply observant comedy, packed with acidic detail that women (and men) navigating ungrateful families and M & S in an unforgiving world know so well.

Important information

Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: 13+


1/2 price first night for Friends

Friends £2 OFF Bands A-D

O60s  £5 OFF (Mat)

U18s  £8 OFF (Eve & Mat)

Groups Tue – Thu

Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!



Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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