[ The Gaiety Theatre, Aldwych, London. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed from H. Hugh Harvey to theatre historian W. J. Macqueen-Pope, reminiscing about 'theatrical matters' andn in particular the Gaiety Theatre.

H. Hugh Harvey, English musicologist and broadcaster [ The Gaiety Theatre, Aldwych, London; Walter James Macqueen-Pope (1888-1960), theatre manager and historian ]
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Both on his letterhead, 24 Wessex Gardens, Golder Green, NW11 [ London ]. 12 and 16 January 1950.
SKU: 17768

Both in good condition, on aged paper. ONE: 2pp., 4to. He reminds Macqueen-Pope that two years previously he was 'kind enough to receive me at your Office and, after a long and most interesting chat on things theatrical (over an hour, as I recall!) you wrote into my copies of your "Drury Lane" and "Carriages at Eleven" two very greatly appreciated inscriptions, by way of friendship'. He now has his 'delightful "Gaiety" and splendid 'Haymarket", and asks for 'another pow-wow' at 359 Strand. The recipient's 'Gaiety' has sent him 'rummaging through my old programmes (to stick inside the covers) - and, to my horror, I discovered that my acquaintance with theh Old Gaiety commenced 50 years ago next July with Teddy Payne & dear old Connie Ediss (bless her memory) in "The Messenger Boy". Ye gods! I feel almost a centenarian, thanks to that programme!!' He also discusses the 'Haymarket' book, Samuel Foote, and his own activities: 'I have an immense collection of Historic Singers' Records from which I sometimes broadcast over the air - & I write Articles on these great Artists for sundry little magazines here & in America, on occasion.' A postscript concerns 'Gordon Whelan (Albert's son) - a very old pal of mine, who you, too, know'. TWO: 1p., 8vo. He thanks him for making an arrangement to meet: 'I very much look forward to another chat on those days you and I knew so well - great times that have, alas, gone for ever'. There is a postscript on Macqueen-Pope's '"Gaiety" do at the Dorchester'.