Correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/23
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDA140-172.
  • Dates of Creation
      Jan 1945-11 May 1946
  • Physical Description
      52 items; 65 leaves.

Scope and Content

With Henry Kiell Ayliff, actor and director, which also includes some correspondence with Margaret Howard (RD's General Manager at the Westminster Theatre), and RD's agents Christopher Mann Management Ltd, as well as various unsent draft letters by RD. The correspondence largely relates to RD's plans for the Westminster Theatre and other productions in 1945, and to various disagreements between RD and Ayliff over the latter's role as producer at the Westminster, leading to his ultimate resignation.

/49-50 is a letter dated 13 April [1945] from 'Mary', accepting RD's terms of forced resignation from her job as stage director at the Westminster, with RD's copy reply.

/51-52 date from May 1946 and relate to a court case against one 'Buckton' in which Ayliff appeared for RD.

Manuscript and typescript.

Related Material

A further copy letter from RD to Ayliff is included in FRD1/8/12.