EU Ref­er­en­dum Shake­speare and Strat­ford

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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.about­ —

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! —


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