'Dear Elizabeth was a thrilling theatrical experience to both participate in, and to watch the other performances. It was a heady cocktail of memory, poetry, surprise encounter, desire, longing, delicious playfulness and searing heartbreak. A love letter to love letters' Tamsin Greig (2019 production)
Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. They wrote over 400 letters to each other through their lives; spanning decades, continents, political eras.
Their relationship was messy and profound; platonic and romantic; distant and intense. A love that resists easy definition.
Ellen McDougall’s innovative production features two unrehearsed performers each night. They meet each other, and the audience, at the start of the performance. Everyone discovers the story of Robert and Elizabeth, letter by letter, together.
This production of Dear Elizabeth will take place in a new theatre space for the Gate: Theatro Technis, Camden – a fully accessible space with a larger auditorium to allow for social distancing. Theatro Technis is a 5 minute walk from King’s Cross and Mornington Crescent tube stations and Camden Road overground station. All performances of Dear Elizabeth are on sale with socially distanced seating and mask wearing is encouraged. The auditorium is fitted with an air ventilation system and extensive cleaning will be in place in all areas.
A love letter to the concept of live theatre
Ruhl’s script brims with a passion and intrigue
90 soul-stirring and uniquely surprising minutes