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LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/7
TitleDiary: 1947
Extent1 file
Date1947
DescriptionEntries dated Wednesday 1 January 1947 to Wednesday 31 December 1947.

A number of entries refer to 'Pacific 1860'; the revival of 'Present Laughter' at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; and 'Peace in Our Time'. Across a number of entries, friction between Coward and his American partner, John 'Jack' Wilson, are evident. In January Coward attended the film version of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' starring John Mills, directed by David Lean; and he visited America in February, seeing 'Carousel', 'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. He is scathing about Mary Martin's performance in 'Pacific 1860' and concerns about the quality, and reception, of the production. In February he comments on rehearsals of 'Present Laughter'. In July he refers to the opening of 'Peace in Our Time' at Brighton's Theatre Royal and visits America again, with Graham Payn.

People referenced in the diary include Mary Martin; Gladys Calthrop; Sybil and Graham Payn; Lorn Loraine; Joyce Carey; Cole Lesley; Neysa McMein; John Gielgud; David Lean; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; Prince Littler; Sylvia Cecil; Lord Louis 'Dickie' and Edwina Mountbatten; Moira Lister; Bert Lister; Jack Warner; Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; Clifton Webb; Leonora Corbett; Valentina and George Schlee; Charlie Miller; Lew Wasserman; Irene Dunne; Adrianne Allen; Margaret 'Maggie' Case; Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintic; Lily Pons; Joe Kennedy; Jack and Natasha Wilson; Ken McCormick; Edward Molyneaux; Paulette Goddard; Burgess Meredith; Sidney Bernstein; John St Loe Strachey; 'Chips' Channon; Teddy Holmes; Duncan Sandys; Ronald 'Ronnie' Neame; Violet Coward; Ina Claire and William R. Wallace; Dorothy Parker; Edna Ferber; Dick and Dorothy Rodgers; Moss and Kitty Hart; Josh Logan; Christopher Isherwood; Gertrude Lawrence; Tullulah Bankhead; Carmen Miranda; Lillian Gish; Greta Garbo; Fanny Holtzmann; Constance Collier; Nelson and Ellen Doubleday; Jules Stein; Charles Miller; Beatrice Eden; Douglas Fairbanks Junior; Helen Hayes; Martin Manulis; Howard Young; Osbert Sitwell; Beatrice Lillie; Blanche Patch; Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh; Sydney Box; Jeffrey Amherst; Ginette Spanier and Paul-Emile Seidmann
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 2
Access StatusOpen