Herbert, Jocelyn (7 of 28)  National Sound Archive: General Collection

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  • Recording date

    1992, 1992-05-19

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's homes in London and Hampshire

  • Interviewees

    Herbert, Jocelyn 1917-2003 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: Mentions attending rehearsals at Lyric theatre, Hammersmith. Singing in childhood, The Beggars’ Opera. Attending a [Charles B] Cochran production with A.P. Herbert. Wells Coates lights in family basement, GQ’s mural; anecdote about flooding. Going to Peter Pan as a child, J.M. Barrie coming back to tea. Play in childhood about St George. Mentions Peggy Ashcroft being asked to do a sequel to Peter Pan and JH encouraging her to turn it down. Nigel Playfair being a neighbour, his productions at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Naomi Mitchison, Geoff Mitchison and their children, neighbours. [Reference to Rossetti is to Rossetti Studios where JH lived with George Devine.] Seeing A.P. Herbert’s musicals when growing up. May Playfair trying to keep the Lyric going after Nigel’s death; later going to see the theatre with George Devine and Michel St-Denis in the hope they could take it over. Seeing rehearsals as a child.

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    Life story interview with Jocelyn Herbert (1917-2003), theatre designer.

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