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[ Percy Nash, film director and dramatist. ] Large collection of material relating to Nash's musical play 'Clancarty', including correspondence with librettist Stanley West and composer H. Wolseley Charles, accounts, receipts.

Percy Nash [ Percy Cromwell Nash ] (1869-1958), pioneering British film director and dramatist [ H. Wolseley Charles (1889-1962), composer; Stanley West, librettist; Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane

Editorial: Mainly from London and dating from between and 1934, 1930
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The collection consists of around 140 items, and is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. It includes two drafts of the play, correspondence with librettist and composer, agents, the syndicate backing the play, a disgruntled contributor, solicitors, theatre managers, and also includes returns, receipts, accounts and projections. It is an interesting case study of the whole process of creating and producing a 'musical dramatic romance' in the England of the Great Depression, from Nash's initial agreements and attempts to interest agents, through a West End production and into the provinces, and disagreements between interested parties. By the end, in 1934, Nash is defending himself against disgruntled collaborators, and writes to librettist Stanley West that he has 'received absolutely NOTHING for his labours', and is 'properly "fed up"' with the whole affair. Work on the musical had begun in 1930, but it was not until 31 July 1933 that The Times reported: 'The Winter Garden Theatre will reopen on August 31 with Clancarty, which is described as a musical dramatic romance. It is an adaptation by Percy Nash, with lyrics by Stanley West, and music by Wolseley Charles, of Tom Taylor's drama "Lady Clancarty", which was first produced at the old Olympic in 1874. Miss Jane Moreland will present the play, with Mr. Nash as producer and with M. Espinosa in charge of the dances. The company will include Mr. Franklin Dyall, Miss Enid Cruickshank, Mr. Dale Smith, Mr. Alec Fraser, Miss Betty Huntley-Wright, and Miss Iris Rowe.' On 24 August 1933 The Times described 'Clancarty' as 'a fine, full-blooded production with a big chorus and plenty of rousing numbers'. Things, as the present collection reveals, were not as rosy as The Times reported on 2 October 1933: '"Clancarty", which has had a month's successful run at the Winter Garden Theatre, will now be shown in the principal suburban theatres before going to the large cities. The tour will begin to-night at the Streatham Hill Theatre, and next week Golders Green will be visited.' The present description is divided into fourteen parts. ONE: Typewritten early draft of the play, with each of the three acts in a different orange folder. 89pp., 4to. Typed in black and red on rectos only. With occasional pencil emendations. In pencil on first page in first folder: 'This is the property of | Percy Nash | 144 Mill Lane | Hampstead NW6 | London'. Epigram: 'Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction - this Play has the advantage of being founded on fact.' Two items are loosely inserted in the first folder: first, a typed list (1p., 4to) headed 'ESTIMATE', giving 'Artistes salaries', 'Staff', 'General Expenses'. At foot: 'Having spent so much money in advertising the name "CLANCARTY["] I think it would be foolish to throw it away, therefore I suggest the new title should be "CLANCARTY THE REBEL["].'; second, three pages of additional text, with two copies of same. TWO: Typescript of revised version of the play, each in a separate red folder. 90pp., 4to. The first copy is in a reused folder, with '"The King! God Bless Him" | Act 4' by Nash on cover; the second and third copies are lettered 'B' and 'C', and both dated December 1933. THREE: Signed Autograph copy of Nash's 'Agreement Clancarty with H W Charles' ('H Wolsely [sic] Charles Esq | Hippodrome Theatre | London | W.' Dated 8 April 1930 and referring to the piece as 'The King! God Bless Him!'. FOUR: 24 items of correspondence with librettist Stanley West. Between 20 September 1930 and 16 January 1934. In the last item, a copy of a letter from Nash to West, 16 January 1934, he writes: I AM THE ONLY ONE, of the bunch of you, who has received absolutely NOTHING for his labours, except "KICKS," and these I have borne to such an extent, that I am now properly "fed up" with everybody and everything connected with "Clancarty["]. | You have already been informed of these particulars, therefore, I can only assume that you accuse me of being a. N° de ref. de la librería 17796

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Título: [ Percy Nash, film director and dramatist. ]...

Editorial: Mainly from London and dating from between and 1934

Año de publicación: 1930

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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