<> Boyd015 Boyd Letters Boyd Estate 1954 Mar 17th Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Boyd015 Letter B.B.C, London English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/boyd015 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Boyd015_3.jpg LHL Archive 17th March 1954. Dear St.John, The first night is over, and i think it was reasonably successful. Anyway there was a full house and the play was given a very good reception. The general impression is that it is a good play but the final act Is unsatisfactory. Everything went wrong with Act Three: it played for only 17 minutes, and ended with an abrupt curtain. I think the production is good, but there were all sorts of roughnesses in the playing. Unlike you, i have little experience of first nights so I am a bad judge of them. I have seen two criticisms: The Whig, which is a long one and rather unfavourable, and The Telly which I am posting to you, I was not able to go to the rehearsals because the BBC sent me on a rush job over the last week-end to London. I wish it had been next week-end and we could have had a chat. T will give you any further comments as they come along. I am enclosing a copy of the programme also. With best wishes, Ever Dr. St. John Ervine, The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, LONDON, W.1. Text