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.
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