Performing Arts


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[McKERN, Leo] [HERRMANN, Edward] selected by WAVELL, A. P.

Other Men's Flowers

London: Cape, 1992

8vo, pp. 448. Original burgundy boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Dustwrappers lettered in red and black to front panel and spine.

Reprinted... [please click on the image or book title for more details]"If" -- the complete version will be sent! E.'.

This last refers to a referenced parody of Kipling's poem which begins: 'If you can keep your girl, when all around you, / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...'. In the film Hermann and McKern's characters discover that they have been in love with the same woman all their lives.

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LITTLEWOOD, Joan

1 p. ALS, IN ORIGINAL AIR MAIL ENVELOPE, TO DAVID GOTHARD, CO-FOUNDER OF THE RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, LONDON.

8 October 1983

1 pp. ALS, 200 x 150 mm, on stiff card, to the verso of which Hals' painting of Hamlet, cut from a magazine, has been affixed. Envelope dated 8 October 1983.

In both form and content, a wonderfully... [more]

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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Eleven: Sale Of Manhattan (announced as The Lost Colony)

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

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

First edition. Series Six, Number Eleven, first broadcast on 29 November 1955.

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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Thirteen: The Lost Year

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

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

First edition. Series Six, Number Thirteen, first broadcast on 13 December... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Fifteen: The Hastings Flyer

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

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

First edition. Series Six, Number Fifteen, first broadcast on 27 December... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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3195

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STOPPARD, Tom

Rosencrantz and Guldenstern Are Dead

London: Faber, 1967

8vo, pp. 96. Original card wrappers, printed dustwrapper.

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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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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Three: The Lost Emperor

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

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

First edition. Series six, Number Three, first broadcast on 4 october 1955.

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MILLIGAN, Spike

The Goon Show: Series Six Number Five: The Case Of The Missing C.D. Plates

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

20 mimeographed pp., secured with split pin to top left. Two title pages (see below).

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2838

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SUTHERLAND, Joan

ALS To Leo McKern

Montreux: N.p., 1993

2pp. ALS on headed notepaper ('Joan Sutherland' over a floral design, light red on cream). Original envelope present, address handwritten, postmarked 23.11.93. Colour photograph of Sutherland and McKern on location for On Our Selection in Braidwood, Australia, taken the following year.

2pp. ALS FROM JOAN SUTHERLAND TO LEO MCKERN, FONDLY REMEMBERING THEIR RECENT MEETING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER ON DAD AND DAVE: ON OUR SELECTION.

In 1994, four years after her retirement from the operatic stage, Dame Joan Sutherland returned to her native Australia to make what would turn out to be her only dramatic film: Dad and Dave:On Our Selection, written and directed by George Whaley. Based on the writings of Steele Rudd, the film, set in Queensland at the end of the nineteenth century, starred Geoffrey Rush, Ray Barrett, Noah Taylor -- and Leo McKern as Dad Rudd. Joan Sutherland played Mother Rudd, with not entirely satisfactory results, and the film, made to mark the centenary of the Australian film industry, was a failure with both critics and paying audiences.

This letter dates from the early days of Sutherland and McKern's association, is written on Sutherland's personalised notepaper and sent from her home in the Swiss village of Les Avants, and looks forward, albeit nervously, to the forthcoming shoot:

'[I]f nothing else convinced me to become involved in the film your honest, down-to-earthness did. I hope, if it all gets sorted out that I shan't be too much out of my depth!'

Accompanying the letter is a photograph, taken on location the following year, of a laughing Sutherland and McKern in costume.

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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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NATION, Terry; JUNKIN, John; FREEMAN, Dave

The Floggits: Trial script

London: N.p. [BBC], 1956

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

First edition. TRIAL SCRIPT FOR THE SHOW WHICH BECAME FLOGGITS, STARRING ELSIE... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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[Cinema History] [ed. BAZIN, André, LO DUCA, Joseph-Marie and DO

Cahiers Du Cinema

Paris: Les Editions De L'Etoile, 1951

Five issues. Uniform yellow photo-illustrated wrappers, lettered in black. Between 50 and 60 pp., profusely illustrated with b&w... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

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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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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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[McKern, Leo]

First Night Telegram to Leo McKern from Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

Nottingham: N.p., 1959

Greetings telegram, stamp-dated 10 August 1959 to reverse.

FIRST NIGHT TELEGRAM, DATED 10 AUGUST 1959, TO LEO McKERN FROM LAURENCE OLIVIER AND HIS WIFE VIVIEN LEIGH: 'Great good wishes for huge success, Vivien and Laurence Olivier.'

'[McKern's] second, and last ever, directing job was the Australian prize-winning stage play The Shifting Heart by Richard Beynon, a story of Italian immigrants living in Collingwood, then a slum suburb of Melbourne, and their struggle for acceptance and survival in a racist community. ... It's UK season was at the Nottingham Theatre Royal from 10 August 1959, then the Duke of York's in the West End -- a joint venture by Sir Laurence Olivier's company and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. Olivier had invited McKern to direct.'

George Whaley, Leo 'Rumpole' McKern: The Accidental Actor [USNW Press, 2009]

The show received mixed reviews, and McKern himself felt he'd done a bad job. On the up side, he kept the telegram sent to him by one of twentieth century theatre's most glamorous couples.

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STEPHENS, Larry [MILLIGAN, Spike]

Special Goon Show: The Dreaded Better Pudding Hurler

London: N.p. [BBC], 1955

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

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MORTIMER, Johnnie; COOKE, Brian; RUDGE, Myles

Stop Messing About

N.P. [London]: N.p. [BBC], 1969

30 mimeographed pp., secured with pin to top left.

First edition. JOAN SIMS' WORKING COPY, WITH HER UNDERLININGS, DELETIONS AND AMENDMENTS THROUGHOUT.

The BBC radio show Round The Horne, one of the medium's finest, funniest and filthiest flowerings, came to an abrupt and tragic end after four series with the death of its star, Kenneth Horne, in February 1969. Prescribed an anticoagulant for a heart condition, Horne was persuaded by a faith healer to stop taking it. He died of heart failure while presenting an awards ceremony at the Dorchester.

Without its star, Round The Horne could not continue. But the material for Series Five was already far advanced at the time of Horne's death, and it was recycled into Stop Messing About, a show featuring most of Round The Horne's surviving cast -- and Joan Sims, the Carry On stalwart who had already been cast as the replacement for the departing Betty Marsden. Stop Messing About ran for a respectable two series in 1969-70, but never really emerged from the shadow of its predecessor. Kenneth Williams, a supporting actor of genius, struggled to anchor the show. But even if Williams had been able to do a better job of leading from the front, the show was still Round The Horne without Kenneth Horne, a melancholy reminder of what radio had lost.

This script is the working copy used by Sims to record the sixth episode of Stop Messing About, and is extensively marked up with her underlinings, deletions and amendments throughout. Unique and beautiful.

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