1st September 2021

18th September 2021

Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm

Previews £10 Concessions £14 Full Price £16

90 minutes

The Gate Theatre presents


By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Ellen McDougall
Designed by Moi Tan
Lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun Sound design by Jon Nicholls

Following a sell-out run at the Gate Theatre, Ellen McDougall directs the critically acclaimed Dear Elizabeth, which returns for a limited run.


Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. From 1947 - 1977 they wrote over 400 letters to each other; spanning decades, continents and political eras. Their connection was messy and profound, platonic yet romantic, distant and intense. A love that resists easy definition.

For each performance two actors will take the roles of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, one will be a recent graduate who will be paired alongside a more established actor. They will meet each other, the audience, and the story of Robert and Elizabeth at the same time. The performers won’t know how the story ends: they will discover it with the audience.

Cast includes Ronke Adekoluejo (Lava at Bush Theatre, Alex Rider, Been So Long), Eric Kofi Abrefa (Netflix The One, Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom), Esh Alladi (Out West – The Overseas Student at Lyric Hammersmith, Ordinary Love), Pepa Duarte (Netflix No One Gets Out Alive) Arthur Hughes (Netflix The Innocents and BBC’s The Archers), Jimena Larraguivel (Gate’s Faces in the Crowd and BBC’s Apple Tree Yard) and Mei Mac (BBC’s Call the Midwife and Young Vic’s Five Plays – Tongue). Further casting to be announced.

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