The initials 'R' and 'J' stand for Romeo and Juliet. As Sunny Alexander, Vivien’s secretary, said: ‘what could be more perfect casting those two darlings for R. and J.’ (Vickers, op. cit., p. 136). After a disappointing first showing in Chicago, Romeo and Juliet opened in New York on 9 May 1940 with the novelty of an elaborate revolving stage. The production was a failure, however, eating up $96,000 invested jointly by Vivien and Larry, the bulk of their savings from recent film triumphs. The play closed after a mere thirty-five performances but that did not stop the two celebrated actors moving on to new projects, supported by their ‘ardent fans.'