Performing Arts


1954

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[HANCOCK, Tony] STUCKEY, Hugh and WALE, Michael

[The] Tony Hancock Special: Director's Post-Production Script.

N.p. [Sydney]: N.p. [ATN-7], 1968

80 mimeographed pp. on white paper, housed in contemporary black springback binder with three labels to front cover ('HANCOCK'; 'TONY HANCOCK SPECIAL'; 'POST PRODUCTION MASTER SCRIPT E.D. JOFFE'). Profusely annotated, revised and corrected on every page, typed inserts tipped in in many places, and scene tags taped to leading edges.

DIRECTOR'S POST-PRODUCTION SCRIPT OF THE TONY HANCOCK SPECIAL, WITH HIS EXTENSIVE NOTES AND REWRITES.

n March 1968 Tony Hancock travelled to Australia to make a television series with the working title Hancock Down Under, a project he hoped would revive his career. He had recently been divorced, his alcoholism was out of control, and his prospects in the UK had sunk to nothing. But the Australian series had serious problems from the outset, quite apart from Hancock's own. The scripts were terrible: feebly structured, hopelessly unfunny, and with no understanding of what made Hancock Hancock. The star would have struggled to make anything of them even in his pomp. The series' fate was sealed by the producers' disastrous decision to shoot without a studio audience. Hancock's onscreen persona -- hapless, loveless, forever on the receiving end -- had always been kept afloat by the presence of supportive laughter provided by an audience willing their hero to dust himself down and try again. And Hancock himself, Hancock the brilliant but under-confident performer, had always been buoyed by the instant approval their presence provided. But here, in this final footage, Hancock seems to have been deserted by his audience just when he needed them most. He cuts a lonely, tragic and desperately unfunny figure. Unable to remember his lines, his eyes are constantly looking for his cue cards. He seems to be searching for his friends.

On 24 June 1968, with only three episodes of the showcompleted, Hancock committed suicide with an overdose of barbitu

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PHILLPOTTS, Eden and Adelaide

Yellow Sands

London: Duckworth, N.d. [1927]

8vo, pp. 128. Original patterned three-quarter boards, lettered in gilt on white hessian spine.

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3424

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[illus. SELLERS, Peter] MILLIGAN, Spike and HOBBS, Jack

William McGonagall: The Truth At Last

London: M. & J. Hobbs/Michael Joseph, 1976

8vo, pp. 144. Original black boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Yellow illustrated endpapers. Illustrated... [please click on the image or book title for more details]".... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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1357

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[GIELGUD, Sir John]

War And Remembrance: Gielgud's Working Script

N.p. 1985 [The show was eventually transmitted in 1988-9].

Large 8vo, pp. 10, printed on rectos only, bound between yellow wrappers with a split pin.

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1081

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KUREISHI, Hanif

Venus

London: Faber, 2006

8vo, pp. 111. Original illustrated card wrappers.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO DAVID GOTHARD, in the usual mode of address between the two: 'To my wife with love, as Ever -- HK.' ... [more]

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[ed. CARTER, Graydon]

Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire:

New York: Rodale, 2009

Large 8vo, pp. 215. Original blue boards, lettered in blind on spine.

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3111

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GROTOWSKI, Jerzy

Towards A Poor Theatre

Holstebro, Denmark: Odin Teatrets Forlag, 1968

8vo, pp. 262. Original printed stiff paper wrappers.

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[TERRY-THOMAS]

Top Of The Town

London: N.p. [BBC], 1951

21 mimeographed pp. of 36, [pp. 2-7, 14-21, 31-36], secured with split pin to top left. Rewrite to p. 21 secured by pins top and bottom. Pencilled... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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HASTINGS, Michael

Tom And Viv

London: Royal Court Theatre, 1984

8vo, pp. 41. Original illustrated stiff paper wrappers.

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2674

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CUSHING, Peter

TLS to Leo McKern

Whitstable: N.p., 1993

1 p. TLS on Peter Cushing's personalised stationery. Unfolded.

TLS FAN LETTER FROM PETER CUSHING TO LEO McKERN DATED 16 SEPTEMBER 1993, LESS THAN A YEAR BEFORE CUSHING'S DEATH.

A warm, effusive fan letter from cinema's greatest vampire-slayer, it reads:

'Dear Leo McKern,
It's that fan again! Some years ago I wrote to you about your superb 'Rumpole' series, and received a most charming letter of thanks.

My admiration for your work goes back to the play (and subsequent film) 'A Man For All Seasons', and you have never failed to captivate me. Having seen you recently in 'Travelling North', and again the other evening in 'A Foreign Field' I just had to write once more.There is a 'je-ne-sais-quoi' quality about your performances which touches the heartstrings, and if you don't receive some public recognition eventually, there's no justice in this world!

Thank you, dear fellow, for such pleasure. It makes me very proud to remember we worked together in 1956 in 'Time Without Pity', with Michael Redgrave and Ann Todd. (Long ago and far away!)

With kindest wishes, and may God's blessing be with you always.

As ever,
(sgd) Peter Cushing O.B.E. Whitstable, Kent'

(The 'public recognition' Cushing refers to is of course not audience approval, but the possible future conferring of honours on McKern: Cushing himself was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1989).

A touching salute to a fellow actor from one of the most distinctive and distinguished figures of British cinema.

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BROMLEY, Nick

Theatre Lore

London: LNP Books, 2012

8vo, pp. 248. Original stiff paper wrappers.

First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON HALF-TITLE. Foreword by Simon Callow.
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3446

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TAYLOR, Ted

The Trouble With Toby

N.p. [London]: N.p. [BBC], N.d. [1957]

32 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left corner.

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[HANCOCK, Tony] STUCKEY, Hugh and WALE, Michael

The Tony Hancock Show: Episode Four: The Tape-Recorder

N.p. [Melbourne]: N.p. [ATN 7], 1968

31 mimeographed yellow pp., originally stapled at top left corner, now disbound, pp. 17-18 present in facsimile. 'FINAL SCRIPT' to top... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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2166

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[POWELL, Michael] GIBBON, Monk

The Tales Of Hoffmann

London: Saturn Press, 1951

4to, pp. 96. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine. Cockerel device in gilt to front panel.

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3144

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SHAFFER, Peter

The Royal Hunt Of The Sun

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964

8vo, pp. 84. Original brown boards, lettered in silver to spine. Photographic dustwrapper.

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BAILEY, Pearl

The Raw Pearl

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1968

8vo, pp. 206. Original orange boards, lettered in black on front panel and spine.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE: 'To Cole -- Who loves deeply -- Pearl'.
Published in 1968, the year Bailey won a Tony for her performance in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly!<

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3460

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[PARKER, Dorothy] OPPENHEIMER, George

The Passionate Playgoer

New York: Viking, 1958

8vo, pp. 623. Original pale purple boards, lettered in dark purple to front panel and gilt on dark purple to spine. Top edge purple. Illustrated dustwrapper.

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[SECOMBE, Harry] PEDRICK, Gale

The Laughtermakers: No. 8: Harry Secombe

London: N.p. [BBC], 1956

23 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left.

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