EU Referendum Shakespeare and Stratford
WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Sir: With a referendum planned on whether or not we should leave the EU it is absolutely vital that expats register to vote so that they can support the leave campaign. Once out of the EU the UK can rejoin the Commonwealth as a full member instead of being a bystander as it is at present.
Currently only those who left the UK within the last 15 years can vote, but in order to try and swing the result in favour of staying in the Government is saying that this limit will be increased. Information on how expats can register to vote is given on the About My Vote website (www.aboutmyvote.co.uk). —
J. WRAITH, CARSHALTON, SURREY. *The forthcoming referendum is the subject of “The Editor’s Letter”, see page 10. — Ed. Sir: Your article on Stratford-upon-avon (“Much Ado About Shakespeare”, Spring 2016) brought back memories. In my teens and early twenties we lived in a village near Evesham. We went a couple of times each year to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. For my 21st birthday (1957) we took a party of 19 friends to the theatre and had a meal there. I still have the programme, signed by the friends, and the other paperwork for the occasion. The meal was three courses — 8/6 (421⁄ pence), plus 1/- (5 pence) for coffee. The play was King John. Our seats were 5/- (25 pence) each in the balcony.
In 1955 I had to work six weeks in a hotel as part of my college course, I did it at Farncombe House Hotel, near Broadway. Anthony Quayle and his wife were staying there for the season as they had let their flat to Sir Laurence Olivier. They were a lovely couple and it was a delight to serve them. We visited them backstage on one visit to the theatre. Mr. Quayle gave me a £5 tip when I left. It was more than a week’s wages! I still have the Ercol coffee table I bought with it! —
ANGELA M. HOLDSWORTH, MALTON,