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Miscellaneous items of or relating to Siân Phillips, ranging from her earlier life in the Swansea Valley to her latter-day career. A number of items are annotated by Siân Phillips and others, primarily what appears to be the hand of her good friend, the actor Edward Duke.
Some items of note include:
Booklet titled 'Pererindod Ann Griffiths' ('Ann Griffiths Pilgrimage'), outlining a proposed journey of visits to various sites associated with the Welsh hymnist Ann Griffiths (inscribed and dated, Sunday 2 October 1955, inside front cover to Siân Phillips from the Welsh poet and dramatist Albert Cynan Evans-Jones (bardic name Cynan) (1895-1970)).
Printed programme relating to a performance by the Cwmllynfell Welfare Amateur Operatic Society of the musical play The Belle of New York at the Welfare Hall, Cwmllynfell, 26-30 April 1955, by Cwmllynfell Welfare Amateur Operatic Society, of which Siân Phillips was one of the presidents.
Completed land registry certificate, dated 21 January 1981, in the names of Siân Phillips and her second husband Peter O'Toole.
Siân Phillips publicity photographs.
Measurements for stage costume.
Printed programme for the 1935 production of Romeo and Juliet at the New Theatre, London, starring John Gielgud, Alec Guinness, Peggy Ashcroft and Laurence Olivier.
Driving test appointment card addressed to Siân Phillips, test date 16 March 1992.
Copies of publicity photographs of the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928) (one inscribed 'Ellen Terry' on dorse in Siân Phillips' hand).
Photographs of Siân Phillips' cats.
Work schedules of Siân Philips.
Photocopied photographs of the cottage acquired by Siân Phillips and her second husband Peter O'Toole in Connemara, western Ireland (annotated in Siân Phillips' hand).
Admittance ticket and printed programme relating to Siân Phillips' attendance at the investiture of Charles as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle, 1 July 1969.
Text, annotated by Siân Phillips, taken from the memoirs of Swedish actor Fredrik Ohlsson, with whom Siân Phillips had a relationship during their time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). While both were still at RADA, Ohlsson took the part of Jörgen Tesman alongside Siân Phillips' rôle as the title character in a 1957 production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (see under Stage productions: 1930s-1950s).
Dust-jacketed copy, with added protective plastic binding, of History of Pontardawe and District from Earliest to Modern Times by Emeritus Principal John Henry Davies; Christopher Davies (Publishers) Ltd (Llandybïe, 1967). Title-page inscribed 'Siân Phillips' in her hand. Inserted at title-page is a printed black and white photographic plate showing a view of Brynaman, Carmarthenshire in the year 1895. 'Mynydd Du' inscribed at top right of plate in Siân Phillips' hand.
General notes, including notes relating to Welsh political activist, poet, dramatist, historian and literary critic Saunders Lewis.
Screenplay titled Flower Walk by Siân Phillips' good friend, the actor Edward Duke.
Script of a one-man show titled Cowardly Lion, based on the life and work of Noel Coward, adapted and devised by Siân Phillips' good friend, the actor Edward Duke. Annotated in what appears to be Edward Duke's hand.
Typescript text of children's book The Gondolier's Cat (published 1993) by author William (Bill) Corlett.
Bound typescript script of a stage adaptation by Jane Stanton Hitchcock of Edith Wharton's 1913 novel The Custom of the Country.
Bound copy of John Edmunds' translation into English of Jean Racine's 1677 tragic play Phèdre (Phaedra), inscribed and signed to Siân Phillips in John Edmunds' hand.
Bound typescript script, dated 1965 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, of Sophocles' play Antigone, translated by Paul Merchant; with covering letter to Siân Phillips from academic, novelist, sculptor, poet and Anglican priest Moelwyn Merchant (father of Paul Merchant), the letter referencing Siân Phillips' second husband Peter O'Toole.
Bound script of Tennessee Williams' 1981 play The Notebook of Trigorin, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull (1895).
Bound script of Jean-Claude Carriere's 1968 comedy play L'Aide-Memoire. Inscribed title on cover possibly in the hand of Siân Phillips' good friend, the actor Edward Duke.
Three bound copies of the script of a play by author William (Bill) Corlett titled Elizabeth and her Will.
Piece of fabric depicting the Norwegian banner, bearing the printed inscription in Norwegian: 'Det Nye Teater Axel Otto Normann'.