Bundle of correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/40
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDB81-98.
  • Dates of Creation
      2 May 1940-16 Apr 1953
  • Physical Description
      18 pieces.

Scope and Content

With Hughes Griffiths (Hugh or 'Binkie') Beaumont (1908-1973), theatrical manager, based at the Globe Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. The correspondence relates largely to Beaumont's proposals for various projects on which he would like to work with RD. Topics covered include: billing for [The Devil's Disciple] in May 1940; a planned BBC broadcast involving RD in 1940; a request for RD to participate with Deborah Kerr in a radio broadcast for the Forces worldwide in 1943; the possibility of RD playing The Winslow Boy in New York in 1947; RD's filming commitments in 1951 which prevent him from returning to the stage; Renée [Asherson], who has a part as Irina in [Chekhov's] Three Sisters in 1951; RD's rejection of play The Silver Whistle, in 1953; and his triumph in Murder in the Cathedral in 1953. /18 is an undated letter of good luck signed from Beaumont and Harry.

Dated at: London and Bristol.

Manuscript and typescript.

Related Material

Further correspondence with Beaumont is included in FRD1/8/1 and FRD1/8/10.