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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 213.1

Richard L. Sterne journal


Journal of Richard L. Sterne concerning British director Sir John Gielgud and British actor Richard Burton, later published as John Gielgud directs Richard Burton in Hamlet; a journal of rehearsals.


  • 1964-1969

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.33 linear feet (2 volumes)

Includes autograph manuscript written by Sterne during the rehearsal of Hamlet directed by Gielgud that Sterne later published as John Gielgud directs Richard Burton in Hamlet; a journal of rehearsals. Also includes the second revision of typewritten manuscript with corrections by the publishing editor as well as letter from Sterne to the Harvard Theatre Collection curator Helen Delano Willard and two letters from Gielgud to British actor Richard Burton.

Biographical / Historical

Sterne was a minor actor in a theatrical production of Hamlet who secretly taped every rehearsal, including private one-to-one sessions between English producer and director Sir John Gielgud and British actor Richard Burton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

69M-54. Gift of Mr. Richard L. Sterne, 309 West 57th Street, New York, New York; received: 1969 Dec. 15.

Sterne, Richard L. Richard L. Sterne journal, 1964-1969: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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