Letter: Scene of triumph

Mr Don Honeyman
Wednesday 03 May 1995 23:02

From Mr Don Honeyman

Sir: Greta Garbo and Charles Spencer were too dismissive of Cecil Beaton on stage (Vicky Ward's Diary, 2 May). I saw that 1946 production of Lady Windermere's Fan, for which Beaton also did the stage designs and costumes. The audience was so delighted with his mauves and shocking pinks and flames and lavenders that when Beaton came on, in a minor part, he was greeted with cheers and applause. Beaton's rather exaggerated Edwardian mannerisms and accent fitted the play perfectly, and he was applauded at the curtain both for his settings and his performance.

Yours sincerely,


London, W14

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