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Love Letters, Starring Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal, Opera House

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Another love story
Hollywood stardust will glitter in Manchester in November when Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal take to the stage in Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal Opera House, Manchester
Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw_ Photo by Austin Hargrave

The two actors appeared in the high-grossing 1970 film Love Story. The film is about two Harvard University students whose marriage comes up against class prejudice and parental disapproval. In 2016 the two stars drove around in a vintage MG convertible, similar to the one O'Neal's character drove in Love Story, on the Harvard University campus before speaking at a discussion panel on their careers.

Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, Love Story
Love Story,Theatrical release poster

Both Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw were nominated for Oscars for the film, but O'Neal lost out to George C. Scott and MacGraw to Glenda Jackson. She did though win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, for Love Story.

Love Letters focuses on a couple who are both born to wealth and position and who write to each other during the vagaries of their love lives and careers. They are childhood sweethearts who embark on an affair in middle-age, in the hope of rekindling their early romance.

Ali MacGraw acted with her former husband Steve McQueen in the film The Getaway (1972) and alongside Robert Mitchum in the epic mini-series, The Winds of War (1983). Her autobiography Moving Pictures, (Bantam Books) was published in 1991.

She won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.for her role in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus.

Ali MacGraw , Opera House, Manchester
Ali MacGraw, 1972, By National General Pictures,

Ryan O'Neal rolled from a career as a boxer to that of a film actor. He starred opposite his daughter Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon (1973). He played Barry Lyndon in the 1975 film of the same name, which was directed by Stanley Kubrick. He co-starred with his ex wife Farrah Fawcett in the TV series Small Sacrifices (1989) and series Good Sports (1991, CBS).

A.R. Gurney's play, Love Letters, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was first performed in 1989. Following its 2016 Broadway production, its 2017 UK tour begins in Bath, on 11 September, and ends in Nottingham before moving over to Dublin, until 9 December. In the meantime it delivers performances in Newcastle, Bradford, Edinburgh, Norwich, Woking, Sheffield, Liverpool, Wolverhampton and Manchester (20 - 25 November).

Ryan O'Neal Opera House, Manchester, Barry Lyndon
Marisa Berenson & Ryan O'Neal in Barry Lyndon, (1975), By Trailer screenshot -

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Why? Hollywood comes to Manchester
When: November 2017
Phone: 0844 871 7660
Where: Opera House Quay Street Manchester M3 3HP
Cost: 16.90 - 40.40 plus 4.00 transaction fee
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