[with]: Leslie Gilbert Illingworth. "Big Business as Usual", printed cartoon showing the St. James's Theatre boarded up (500 x 400mm.), framed and glazed
A few days later, she received her reply. On 20 July, Vivien read the letter to a mass meeting arranged by the British Actors' Equity in St-Martins-in-the-Fields courtyard. Earlier the same day, she called Churchill's office to ask his permission to do so; at the foot of the memo relaying this request to Churchill, he responded "Yes".
She wrote at length to express her gratitude: "I was most sincerely touched by your kindness in writing and also of course by your wonderfully generous offer of £500... this will surely be the theatre's most proud donation" (22 July 1957).
Throughout her public campaign to save the theatre, photographs of Vivien holding a copy of this cartoon appeared in the press, including in the Daily Sketch and the Daily Mirror on 12 July 1957.
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