Love Letters at Retford Park

By popular demand a return season of A.R. Gurney's, Love Letters, will be presented by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the Bowral-based Creative & Co.

‘Love Letters’ was a finalist in the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 1990. The play brings to life the correspondence of two characters over fifty years, chronicling their hopes, dreams and disappointments. Love Letters has been performed around the world many times since it first premiered on Broadway in 1988 and has famously been performed by many well-known acting-duos including Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks.

The performances will be held in the Morning Room of the delightful Italianate style residence, Retford Park in Bowral. This impressive property was built by Mr Samuel Hordern in 1887 and was then later purchased by Mr James Fairfax AC in 1964. It was then that James Fairfax went about transforming the property into a gentleman’s residence. Many years later, on the 19th April 2016, James Fairfax, generously gifted the property to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) to be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.

Once again, Retford Park will open its doors for this unique theatrical experience. The Manager of Retford Park, Scott Pollock, and the Creative Director of Creative & Co, Michaela Bolzan, will perform the play.

Performing in historical settings is not unfamiliar for Michaela Bolzan. As a guest of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, Michaela performed the Virginia Woolf’s essay, A Room of One’s own, at Girton College, Cambridge, (the actual colleague where Virginia Woolf delivered the lecture in 1918). Michaela was then invited by the National Trust (UK) to deliver another performance of the same essay at their Mount Stewart property in Northern Ireland.

Scott Pollock, on the other hand, studied acting at the Ensemble Theatre and has dabbled in theatre on and off of the past twenty years. Now having spent 9 years working for the National Trust, Scott is looking forward to reprising this highly successful piece of theatre.

With champagne and canapés served following the performance, ‘Love Letters’ will make for a very intimate theatre event at Retford Park – perfect for Valentines Week!



  • Adult – $75
  • National Trust member – $65


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1325 Old South Road, Bowral
Directions: Head up Merrigang Street from Bong Bong Street, the main street in Bowral.
Follow to the end of Merrigang and turn right at the ‘T’ intersection.
Watch for the Retford Park white gate, the second driveway on the left.


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