Monday, November 14, 2022

Quote of the Day (Noel Coward, on an Actor Being Rejected for an Upcoming Tour)

Gary Essendine: “Beryl Willard is extremely competent. Beryl Willard has been extremely competent, man and boy, for forty years. In addition to her extreme competence, she has contrived, with uncanny skill, to sustain a spotless reputation for being the most paralysing, epoch-making, monumental, world-shattering, God-awful bore that ever drew breath...I will explain one thing further - it is this. No prayer, no bribe, no threat, no power, human or divine, would induce me to go to Africa with Beryl Willard. I wouldn't go as far as Wimbledon with Beryl Willard.”

Liz: “What he's trying to say is that he doesn't care for Beryl Willard.” —English playwright, actor, director, and singer-songwriter Noel Coward (1899-1973), Present Laughter (1939)

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