[CANTERBURY FESTIVAL PLAYS] SAYERS, Dorothy L. Et al. A Collection of Acting Editions for Plays performed at the Canterbury Festival.
Canterbury. H.J. Goulden Limited. 1932 - 1948.
8vo., 5 volumes in original card wrappers. A little browning to wrappers, one spine with repaired short cracks and a light stain to upper edge of wrapper, neat ink name in each copy, otherwise very good copies.
Friends of the Canterbury Cathedral Acting Editions. The collection comprises:
TENNYSON, Lord Alfred. Becket. A Tragedy in Eight Scenes. As arranged for the Stage by Eileen Thorndike and presented in the Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral 14th to 18th June 1932. This copy is signed by Eileen Thorndike on the title-page and additionally signed by 21 members of the cast including Ronald Adam, E.A. Clarke-Smith and Margaret Babington. "The scenes in Murder in the Cathedral where the knights enter the Cathedral are a conscious reworking of the final two scenes in Eileen Thorndike's acting edition of Becket." (Pickering. Drama in the Cathedral. The Canterbury Festival Plays 1928-1948)
BINYON, Laurence. The Young King. A Play. Acting Edition arranged by Eileen Thorndike for presentation in the Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral, 9th to 16th June, 1934. This copy is signed by Eileen Thorndike and the complete cast.
HASSALL, Christopher. Christ's Comet. The Story of a Thirty Years' Journey that Began and Ended on the Same Day. A Play in Three Acts. Acting Edition for the Festival of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral 1938. This copy is signed by Christopher Hassall on the title-page.
SAYERS, Dorothy L. The Devil to Pay. Acting Edition for the Festival of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral 1939. This copy signed by Dorothy L. Sayers on the title-page.
FRY, Christopher. Thor, With Angels. A Play. Acting Edition for the Festival of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral 1948.
The Canterbury Plays series began in 1928 with a production of The Coming of Christ by John Masefield. This was followed in 1929 by Marlowe's Dr Faustus. The 1932 production of Becket marked the first appearance of these "Acting Editions" produced in presumably relatively small quantities for for the cast and for sale at the original performances of the play at Canterbury Cathedral. The most famous production was the 1935 Murder in the Cathedral. Many of the actors in that performance also appeared in preceding productiona and have signed the copies of Becket and The Young King offered here.