Bundle of copy correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/184
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDG415-498.
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      87 pieces; 154 leaves.

Scope and Content

Bundle of photocopied correspondence with Sir (William) Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971), director and theatre designer. The original letters date from 1929 to 1955 and topics covered include: RD's move to the Cambridge Festival Theatre under Guthrie's direction in 1929; Guthrie's comments on RD's performance in A Sleeping Clergyman in 1933 (/7); Guthrie's criticisms of RD's plans to establish his own personal success in the West End (/8-9 and /12); Guthrie's plans for the 1936 Old Vic season (/14); various projects suggested by Guthrie to which RD is unable to commit himself due to health problems and other work, including a possible production of Othello in 1937 (/18-22), and Ibsen's Brand in 1951 (/77); Guthrie's detailed comments on The Citadel (/28); arrangements for the 1939 Buxton Festival (/36-7, /39-43 and /46); RD's Oscar for Mr Chips in 1940 (/56); a lengthy discussion between the two men in 1940-41 over RD's status as a film star (/57 and /66); RD's comments on Guthrie's production of The Cherry Orchard in September 1941 (/70); and RD's production of Much Ado About Nothing in 1946 (/75-6).


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