MILES Bernard - Typed Letter Signed 1961 declining a project because of pressure of work
Bernard MILES (1907-1991)Typed Letter Signed (“Bernard Miles”) to Charles Lefeaux at the BBC, turning down an unspecified invitation to participate which would have taken up three days.
1 page on letterhead of the Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, EC4, 18 October 1961.
“Can’t be done, I’m afraid, much as I should like to, and much as I am delighted that you thought of me. But I am sure you won’t be surprised that I have as much on my plate here as I can possibly manage, and can’t spare the three days. It’s all coming into shape, and later on I hope to take an occasional furlough, but not yet.”
Miles had opened the Mermaid Theatre in 1959, the first new theatre within the City of London since early Jacobean days. A popular stage and screen actor – Miles had appeared notably in In Which We Serve – his venture proved successful. In the winter of 1961, he produced and starred in a production of Treasure Island at the Mermaid, with Spike Milligan also in the cast.
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