“I hope you aren’t thinking that I am a) dead b) annoyed. I’m neither, but I did have flu.”
Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. Throughout their lifetime, they wrote over 400 letters to each other; spanning decades, continents, political eras. Their connection was messy and profound, platonic yet romantic, intense and intangible. A love that resists easy definition.
These are their words.
Susan Smith Blackburn award winner Sarah Ruhl has crafted a stunning and quietly bold piece of theatre about what it means to love someone, and all the questions we regret never asking.
We’re excited to announce that two different performers will take the roles of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell for each performance. They will meet each other, the audience, and the story of Robert and Elizabeth at the same time. They won't know how the story ends: they will discover it with the audience.
The performers include:
Keep checking our website for updates on who will be performing and when.
17 January - Thalissa Teixeira & Sam Spruell
18 January - Shalisha James-Davis & Emun Elliott
19 January - Lucy McCormick & Annabel Baldwin
21 January - Caoilfhionn Dunne & Joseph Akubeze
22 January - Jade Anouka & Jonjo O'Neill
23 January - Nina Bowers & Phoebe Fox
24 January - Tamsin Greig & Angus Wright
25 January - Travis Alabanza & Charlotte Josephine
26 January matinee - Amelia Stubberfield & Angela Clerkin
26 January evening - Christopher Green & Chris Brett Bailey
28 January - Temi- Wilkey & Seiriol Davies
29 January - Emma Dennis Edwards & Elizabeth Chan
30 January matinee - Jo Clifford & Paul Bazely
30 January evening - Linda Broughton & Jon Foster
31 January - Kwame Owusu & Frankie Henry
1 Februrary – Samuel West & Jo Horton
2 February matinee - Emma Frankland & Neil D'Souza
2 February evening - Tim Crouch & Nadia Albina
4 February - Lois Chimimba & Sule Rimi
5 February - Sue MacLaine & Paul Ready
6 February matinee - Lucy Bairstow & Gabby Wong
6 February evening – Shane Zaza & Amanda Hale
7 February - Chris Thorpe & Kayla Meikle
8 February - Lucy Ellinson & Leo Bill
9 February matinee - Isabel Adomakoh Young & Helena Lymbery
9 February evening - Dickie Beau & Hattie Morahan
Running Time: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes.
★★ ★★ ★★ EXTRA DATES ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND ★★ ★★ ★★
11 February evening - Anjana Vasan & Tobias Menzies
12 February evening – Luke Norris & Eileen Walsh
13 February matinee – Kwong Loke & Annie Siddons
13 February evening – Michael Shaeffer & Martina Laird
14 February evening –Susan Wokoma & Hammed Animashaun