COWARD Noel - Autograph Letter Signed giving thanks for virtuous publicity
Noël COWARD (1899-1973)Autograph Letter Signed (“Noël Coward”) to “Dear MacDermott” [Norman MacDermott, founder of the Everyman Theatre, Hampstead], thanking him for an “added puff of virtuous publicity.”
1¼ pages 8vo, 111 Ebury Street, 7 May .
“Thanks so much for this added puff of virtuous publicity. I am afraid there is no doubt I am a fiercely moral influence in the dear old Motherland.
You’ve rather neglected us in the Theatre lately, so I think you might come down and see us sometime.”
Although passed by the censor, after a few explanations and some pleading from Coward, The Vortex was rejected by most West End theatres who feared the reaction to the play’s themes of drug addiction, a woman having affaires with much younger men, and the vague hint of homosexuality. The play eventually found a home at the Everyman Theatre in Hampstead, headed by MacDermott,where it played to packed houses before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in the West End in February 1925 where Coward evidently hoped to see MacDermott.
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