Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh remembered in Letter To Larry

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Vivien Leigh returns to the West End this summer in a year that sees a host of events about England’s first female Hollywood star.

In the centenary year of her birth there are a host of events celebrating her life invcluding the new Vivien archive at the V&A, the Vivien season at the BFI and the Starring Vivien Leigh exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

London’s Jermyn Street Theatre first staged Letter To Larry last year. Now Persophia Productions’ critically acclaimed drama returns after proving a big hit with audiences in London and Paris.

It is 50 years since Vivien Leigh was last on an English stage, and 50 years since her final film, yet the extraordinary life and work of the woman forever remembered as Scarlett O’Hara, continues to fascinate.

Donald Macdonald’s play, Letter to Larry, is an insightful exploration into the life and love of one of the twentieth century’s most glamorous yet vulnerable icons of stage and screen.

When Laurence Olivier asks her for a divorce, Vivien’s response creates a worldwide sensation, and although she says she will “naturally do whatever he wishes”, she is determined to win him back.

When a new revelation takes her to the edge, she fights for his love – and her life. But is it too late?

Letter To Larry reveals intimate truths about the actress with immediacy and intrigue and demonstrates how, amid heartbreak and tragedy, she retains her humour and magic.
Starring Susie Lindeman, the production is a new collaboration with video artist Mic Gruchy and Cal McCrystal as stage director.

Susie Lindeman’s stage credits include Sons of Cain (Wyndhams); The Admirable Crichton (Haymarket) and The Deep Blue Sea (Apollo).

Her 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.

Letter To Larry runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre from August 4 to August 22.

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