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Autograph journal dating from Alec Guinness's return to England after being abroad with the Navy for two an dhalf years. The first page notes “previous diaries destroyed at Barletta 11th February 1945.” The first entry is dated 28th March [1945] and the last 19th October [1946].

Guinness is reposted to Southampton on 23rd April 1945. He comments on the performances of John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft in The Duchess of Malfi on 30th June. On the 9th August he does a film screen test with David Lean and begins filming Great Expectations (1946) with him in September. In November he goes through the process of leaving the Navy and registers his name as 'Guinness'. The Guinness family moved to Stamford Brook in December.

Guinness continues filming various film and BBC projects during the first half of 1946. He begins rehearsals for The Brothers Karamazov by Anton Chekov at the Haymarket Theatre, which opens in June. On the 24th September the first night of Shakespeare's King Lear with Laurence Olivier starts. The production of Inspector Calls opens on 1st October.

NB. A typed transcript for this journal is available at Add MS 89015/1/2/8.

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