"C.A.S.T." file

Scope and Content

Papers originally stored in a file labelled "C.A.S.T." [the Campaign of Actors for Sunday Theatre]. These relate to the renewed agitation in 1943 for Parliament to authorize the opening of theatres on Sundays, an issue over which the theatrical profession was sharply divided. RD had initially supported Sunday opening as a wartime measure, but came to believe that if a Defence Regulation was passed on this issue it could result in Sunday opening becoming permanent, something to which he was opposed. The material in this file includes: press cuttings from national newspapers, periodicals and theatre publications relating to the Sunday opening debate; publicity literature issued by C.A.S.T. setting forth the arguments for Sunday opening; a typescript draft of a letter from RD to Noel Coward (a leading supporter of C.A.S.T.), setting out his opinions on Sunday opening (/8); a piece of headed paper bearing RD's address and the logo of S.T.O.P (Sunday Theatres Opposition Party) (/9); a circular letter from Tommy Trinder urging Equity members to vote in the ballot on Sunday opening (/15); and various typescript extracts and quotes.