Group of 4 letters, 4pp, 25 March 1935 - 6 April. From Nancy Price to Sir Henry Newbolt.


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2 typed letters signed and 2 autograph letters signed, 4pp, 4to, on personal printed directorial letterhead of The People's National Theatre at The Little, John Street, Adelphi, 25 March 6 April 1935. From "Hon. Director" Nancy Price to Sir Henry Newbolt, concerning the performance of his material: "[25 March 1935] Years ago now you gave my husband, Colonel Maude, permission to set some of your poems to music. . . . I remember one great meeting at the Albert Hall where all the navies of the world were represented and four Kings were present, and I gave your 'Messmates' and 'Temeraire' to this . . . setting. . . . We are now giving them again on Sunday next . . . in aid of the Jenny Lind Hospital for Children. . . . As you may have seen . . . Colonel Maude's mother, died about three weeks ago. It is her birthday on the 31st and for every reason one felt it would be a rather lovely thing to do. . . . I cannot tell you what enormous joy it would give us if you could possibly be present. . . ."; "[28 March 1935] I am so delighted. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to know you are there. . . . I struggle on in an avalanche of work. I know nothing will do me so much good as the knowledge that you are able to come. I am sending you a dozen programmes. . . ."; "[2 April] As I did not see you on Sunday I am so afraid you were not well. . . . If you were present I am sure you were pleased at the way your beautiful poems were appreciated. They are a continual joy and inspiration to me. . . ."; and "[6 April] Thank you so much for your beautiful letter you have no idea the pleasure it gave me -- How I wish I had seen you[.] I am so disappointed. . . ." Rust stains from paper clips; folds; minor soiling and wear, but good.

Nancy Price (1880-1970), one of the leading lights of the British theatre in the first half of the 20th century, began her stage career in 1899, going on to play over 442 parts. She worked with F.R. Benson, Henry Irving and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and was notable in plays by Pirandello, Ibsen, and Zola. In 1930, she founded the People's National Theatre in conjunction with the critic, J.T. Grein, and launched its first season at the Fortune Theatre. In 1933 she was appointed its Honorary Director and carried on the enterprise at various theatres until 1950, producing and appearing in many of the plays, most notably as the grandmother in Whiteoaks. She was awarded the C.B.E. in 1950 and retired from stage and films two years later. Sir Henry John Newbolt (1862-1937), English poet, essayist, critic, and miscellaneous writer. (Item ID: 22149)

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