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GIELGUD, [Sir] John.

John Gielgud:

An Actor's Biography in Pictures. Compiled and described by Hallam Fordham with personal narrative by John Gielgud; [With loosely inserted programme].

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London, John Lehmann, 1952

The ink inscription by Gielgud reads 'Dear Sydney. I am so very sorry to hear you are not well - and hope you may care to glance at this to remind you of some theatre nights - Ever yours John Gielgud.' The loosely inserted programme is a rare survival of Gielgud's production of Hamlet, June 29th - July 1st 1939, in which he played the eponymous role and directed the play with a star-studded cast of the day, including Fay Compton, Glen Byam Shaw, Harry Andrews, Andrew Cruikshank, Marius Goring, etc. This production was a 'preview' prior to transferring to Kronberg Castle, Elisonore, Denmark, an open-air production.

The programme is all the more significant because it was supposed to be a Farewell to the Lyceum Theatre, which the London County Council had just purchased, with plans to demolish it to make room for road improvement. The theatre closed that year

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First edition, presentation inscription by Gielgud to half-title; 4to; numerous illustrations from photographs; publisher's blue cloth gilt, faded at top and bottom edges, illustrated endpapers of 'leading ladies', mild crease to upper free one, pictorial dust-jacket, chipped, worn and creased, closed tear to rear panel but the inscription inside more than compensates for a less than perfect dust-jacket; together with a theatre programme for John Gielgud's production of Hamlet at the Lyceum Theatre, London; cream wrappers, printed in gold, red and black, toned and dust-soiled but sound and remarkably sound and complete; [2] xxiii [2]pp.


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