Bundle of correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/2
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDA7-24.
  • Dates of Creation
      8 Dec 1945-21 Apr 1958
  • Physical Description
      17 pieces; 26 leaves.

Scope and Content

With Richard Ainley (1910-1967), actor. Topics covered include: Harry [Ainley, Richard's father] and his death on 31 October 1945; Ainley's own poor health; RD's battles with asthma; RD's activities and his work on stage and screen, including his season of Much Ado About Nothing in 1946 (/4), his success with A Sleeping Clergyman in 1947 (/6), Ainley's admiration of The Winslow Boy in 1948 (/13), and of [The Stained Glass At Fairford (1956)]; the positive reception of English films in California and Ainley's own opinions on English films; RD's plans for a movie unit of his own; Ainley's desire to get back to theatre; a period spent in the Army; his return to Britain from America and his subsequent work; and a script [The Brilliant Nitwit] Ainley is sending RD for his consideration (/11, /13 and /15). In /16 Ainley encloses a sketch of Frank Benson by Darby Foster.

Dated at: San Francisco, California, USA; London; and Camberley, Surrey.

Manuscript and typescript.


/13, which dates from 5 Jan 1949, has been wrongly dated 1948 by Ainley.