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I’ve added a new article to the Vivien Leigh Article Database- here’s a sneak peek! I found it interesting that she said Cleopatra was her favorite role. She talks about Scarlett, the critics, and the best compliment she’s ever received.

Written by: Alan Dent

Appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, July 9, 1961

The dismantled music hall would have been a somewhat depressing ambiance if it had not been for the presence of Vivien Leigh in a white crinoline, reclining in a yellow armchair.

She was talking to me between scenes of Dumas’s “The Lady of the Camellias,”  being rehearsed at the Finsbury Park Empire before leaving for Australia to begin a two-year tour with a specially chosen Old Vic company. This opens on Wednesday with “Duel of Angels.”

“Let me babble.” she said  babbled delectably of what might almost be described as the grandest tour ever. The first part takes in the Antipodes and the far East, Tokyo, Manila, Bombay, Bangkok. Then, after a rest at home, in 1962, “we begin the second half of the world tour starting in Paris where we have been invited to play in Jean-LouisBarrault’s theatre. Furthermore when I introduced myself to Madam Furtszeva the other day she said she would be delighted if we went to Russia, and I hope that will be arranged. From there onwards the tour is planned to take in South and North America.

“The idea of this tour was mine originally,” she said “I suggested  it to Bobby Helpmann, who suggested it to the Old Vic which could hardly agree more.  About half of the company are Old Vic players.”

Besides the Dumas, the touring repertoire  will include “Twelfth Night” and Giraudoux “Duel of Angels.”

The success of the latter, a “difficult” play, did not surprised her as much as it has surprised some other people.

” The first time I read it- there are only two new plays I have ever read which have kept me awake- one was ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ by Thornton Wilder and the other was ‘Duel of Angels.’ I remember telephoningBinkie Beaumont the next morning and saying ‘I want to do it. I don’t mind which part I play. I just think it is the most wonderful play.”

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