Lot 467: Two letters: a TLS signed "Mountbatten of Burma," one page, 6.75 x 8.25, Ministry of Defence letterhead, February 27, 1962. Letter to theatrical producer Harold Fielding. In part: "Thank you for sending round the three records of 'Sail Away.' I gave the record of the show to the Queen last night, who was delighted to have it as she likes to get to know the music before she goes to a show. I deliberately refrained from giving her the other two records since I felt that this would be overdoing it, and Her Majesty would be less likely to play them than if there were only one...I have written a line to Noel Coward"; and a TLS signed "Dickie," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, same date. The aforementioned letter to Noel Coward, in part: "I thought I would write to confirm that the Queen is really looking forward immensely to the Gala Premiere on 28th June, and hopes very much to be able to persuade Prince Philip to come...I gave her one of the records of 'Sail Away' as she likes to get to know the music before she goes to a show." In overall fine condition, with punch and rusty staple holes to upper left corners. The musical, for which Coward wrote the book, music, and lyrics, made its London premiere at the Savoy Theatre in June 1962.
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