Hundreds of letters were exchanged between Laurence Olivier and his second wife, Vivien Leigh from their steamy adulterous beginnings in 1936 to the final years of indifference. They documented one of the great love stories of the 20th Century. However in 1960 one letter from Larry to Vivien, while she was starring in Duel Of Angels on Broadway, asked her for a divorce. Her response created a world-wide sensation and the subject for award-winning playwright Donald Macdonald’s Viven:Letter To Larry, which is currently playing at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in its first full West End run. Australian actress Susie Lindeman portrays the screen legend following a critically-acclaimed Paris premiere season with Reg ARTS Paris stating,”Tour de force. Exquisitely written. Lindeman holds the audience in suspense. An interpretation of genius.” It’s the second time Susie has presented the play at Jermyn Street, staging a special performance for the centennary of Leigh’s birth in November 2013.
I meet the personable Susie going into the Jermyn Street Theatre for last Saturday’s matinee and she signed this sketch of her in the role.