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Donald Macdonald's new Vivien - Letter to Larry - Jermyn Street Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS autumn, 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 will play Jermyn Street Theatre’s inaugural Matinee Seasons – from September 29 to November 5, 2014.

The new production will be directed by Wayne Harrison but once again star Susie Lindeman as Vivien Leigh. Lighting will be by Martin Kinnane.

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions – available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 or online at

Times: 2.30pm on September 29 and 30; October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15; and November 3, 4 and 5.

Previously Posted: Written and directed by Donald Macdonald, Letter to Larry runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from June 5 to June 16, 2012.

In 1960, while starring in Duel Of Angels on Broadway, Vivien Leigh received a letter from Laurence Olivier asking for a divorce. Her response created a worldwide sensation.

Scarlett, Cleopatra, and Blanche were her fire, but Larry was the light. Known for her magic, and thrown by mental illness, Vivien now fights for his love – and her life.

Letter to Larry stars Susie Lindeman whose West End credits include Sons Of Cain (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Admirable Crichton (Haymarket), Prin (Lyric Theatre) and The Deep Blue Sea (Apollo Theatre). Elsewhere, her credits include A Dolls House, Sweet Phoebe, 4.48 Psychosis, Madame Melville, Kafka In Love, Hammerklavier and The Paris Letter.

Her screen work includes Merchant Ivory’s Howards End, Maigret, Let Them Eat Cake, Razzle Dazzle, Palace of Dreams, Robbery Under Arms, Melba and her break-through title role in the award-winning Thames TV film Catherine.

Donald Macdonald is an actor/writer/director, who made his West End début onstage at The Wyndhams in 1986. In 2011, he performed a one-man play of St John in Edinburgh, London and New York. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, whose other stage plays include Caravan, Boulevard Play, Hot Taps and Seasons.

In Letter to Larry, Vivien Leigh recalls their “offering to Queen Elizabeth II in her Coronation year”. In anticipation of next year’s 100th anniversary of Leigh’s birth, this new play aptly previews in this Jubilee year.

Tickets: £15, £13 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7287 2875 or online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Also at Jermyn Street Theatre: new musical The Return of the Soldier (until September 20); John van Druten’s Flowers of the Forest, starring Sophie Ward (September 23 to October 18); and the first ever revival of Terence Rattigan’s first play, co-authored with Philip Heimann, First Episode (October 28 to November 22, 2014).