We have recently discovered that Joan Rice continued her acting career on the stage after her film career had sadly faded. Which at least goes someway in dispelling the cruel myth spread about by some, that she couldn’t act. This letter by Joan was sent in by Neil quite a while ago and is part of his personal collection.
It was written by Joan to a Mr. Northover, who must have arranged things for her during a stage production that she appeared in at the Savoy Theatre in Kettering, Northants in 1959.
9 Sept 59
Dear Mr Northover,
Thank you very much for sending me the copy of your report.
Please don’t apologise for anything, I was delighted to meet and talk to you. I hope you are going to enjoy the show tonight.
The spread in the paper was really something – if I do my job as well as you do yours we’ll all be all right.
Thanks for your good wishes one can’t have too many of those.
Above is the theatre programme also kindly sent in by Neil, of that production, showing that Joan played the part of Catherine, in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From The Bridge.’
This was her favourite play.