George Wilson Knight's letters to Bobby Brown about 'The Last of the Incas'

Scope and Content

Papers mainly relating to Bobby Brown's production of the play 'The Last of the Incas' at Leyton Leytonstone County High School in 1955, including actor Derek Jacobi in the role of De Soto. The play, written by George Wilson Knight, was first presented at the Sheffield Little Theatre, by Arnold Freeman, Sheffield Educational Settlement in 1954.

The collection includes letters by George Wilson Knight and congratulations letters by other people to Bobby Brown; a programme; photographs; an article by George Wilson Knight about his own play 'The Last of the Incas' and a copy of the memorial for Bobby Brown's funeral with Derek Jacobi's tribute.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bobby George Brown, (1923-2011), was an English teacher at Leyton County High School. He produced and directed many of the school productions including 'The Last of the Incas', a play by G Wilson Knight, in December 1955. Bobby Brown also encouraged one of his students, actor Derek Jacobi to take on a school production of 'Hamlet' that was particularly acclaimed by the critics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1957.

Bobby Brown subsequently worked for the British Film Institute.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by A Mandrioli, 2014.

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