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On New Year’s Day we often went to the theatre. We used to go to the pantomime. I used to go to musical comedies and variety shows with my father at the Empire. He liked variety theatre. There was Will Fyffe, Harry Gordon, Harry Lauder.
As a teenager, my friend, Betty and I often went to the theatre on a Wednesday and a Saturday. We would sit in the gods to watch plays or ballet. Eventually I had a permanent booking at the Lyceum. We had seats in the front row every Tuesday night. It was the Wilson Barrett Company. There was a different play every week. Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward and Shaw’s plays. During the Festival we often would see three performances in a day – one afternoon, one evening and one midnight. I saw Marlene Dietrich in a midnight matinee. She was superb. There was no-one like her. She came on dragging her fur. Then she would just drop it. She was marvellous. Another one who came was Katherine Hepburn, she was wonderful too.