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Dear Elizabeth

23rd June 2021, 21:00 to 25th June 2021, 21:00, Assembly Rooms Theatre

A play of 400 letters, spanning three decades and tracking the complex and beautiful relationship of America's beloved poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

“Asking you is the ‘might have been’ for me, the one towering change, the other life that might have been had. But I am sure it is the will of the heavens that all is as it is.” Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. Throughout their lifetime, they wrote over 400 letters to eachother, spanning decades, continents, political eras and tumultuous periods in their own lives. Their connection was messy and profound, platonic yet romantic: a love that resists easy definition. These are their words, compiled and compressed by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl.

Staged in the Assembly Rooms Theatre

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