Following the Paris World Premiere season in 2013, and special performances celebrating Vivien Leigh’s 100th anniversary, Donald Macdonald’s new VIVIEN: Letter to Larry plays Jermyn Street Theatre’s inaugural Matinee Seasons, in Autumn 2014, starring Susie Lindeman.
VIVIEN: Letter to Larry brings to vivid life the making, and breaking, of Vivien Leigh. In 1960, while starring in Duel Of Angels on Broadway, she receives a letter from Laurence Olivier asking for a divorce. Her response creates a worldwide sensation, but a new revelation takes her to the edge. Her past flies into focus as she fights for his love….. and her life.
Of the World Premiere season in Paris, Le Nouvel Observateur theatre critic Jean-Max Mejean wrote: Lindeman’s performance is: “incarnated bewitchingly, almost as if by magic by an actress without match. Astounding.” Reg’arts wrote, “an interpretation of genius. Lindeman literally fragments. The revelation of a magnificent actress. Susie IS Vivien.” SORTIZ described it “perfectly staged, magnificently acted, filled with force and great fragility” . “Hurry and discover. Be absolutely conquered. Susie Lindeman is absolutely perfect ” Toutelaculture.com” Chiming with the BFI Vivien Leigh season, the current Starring Vivien Leigh room at the NPG, and the high-profile acquisition of Vivien’s archive by the V&A, and this autumn’s 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind,VIVIEN:Letter To Larry brings the spirit of Vivien back to the West End .“I’m dedicated to theatre. Always have been and always shall. So there” Vivien Leigh.
Lindeman’s Stage credits include Sons of Cain (Wyndhams); The Admirable Crichton (Haymarket) opposite Rex Harrison (Vivien’s early co-star) Prin (Lyric); The Deep Blue Sea (Apollo). A Dolls House (Salisbury Playhouse) Sweet Phoebe, Kafka In Love (Kings Head) Screen credits include: Merchant Ivory’s Howards End, Maigret and The Maid, (opposite Michael Gambon), Let Them Eat Cake, (French and Saunders), Melba, Robbery Under Arms, and her break-through lead role in award-winning Thames TV film Catherine.
Donald Macdonald is an award-winning writer and actor. His plays include the smash-hit comedy Caravan, Seasons and The Boulevard Play. A new play is currently being developed for the London stage. He recently performed Saint John in Edinburgh and New York.
Directed by Wayne Harrison. Lighting designed by Martin Kinnane. This year Jermyn Street Theatre celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The autumn season also includes the first ever revival of Terence Rattigan’s debut work – First Episode and the first production in sixty years of Mordaunt Shairp’s controversial 1930s allusion to homosexuality – The Green Bay Tree. The season builds on the theatre’s other recent successes which include Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever, Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, Steven Berkoff’s Religion & Anarchy and the recent production of Wiliam Inge’s Natural Affection.
Jermyn Street Theatre presents VIVIEN – LETTER TO LARRY by DONALD MCDONALD
Director Wayne Harrison
Starring Susie Lindeman as Vivien Leigh
29th September to 5th November 2014
Jermyn Street Theatre
Press performance 1st October 2.30pm
At 2.30pm on the following days:
29th & 30th September: October 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, November 3rd, 4th, 5th.
Tickets £15.00, £12.00 concessions..
Box office 0207 287 2875
3rd September 2014