Tag Archives: John Betjeman

Betjeman Interview on BBC

BBC Four has rebroadcast a TV interview of Waugh’s friend and contemporary, John Betjeman, by Michael Parkinson. The original broadcast was in November 1977, and it was Betjeman’s third and final appearance in a Parkinson interview. According to Parkinson,  Betjeman was the … Continue reading

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Betjeman Play in West End

The one-man play with Edward Fox portraying John Betjeman (“Sand in the Sandwiches”) opened its brief West End performance earlier this week at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. The play premiered earlier this year in Oxford. See previous post. It is reviewed … Continue reading

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John Betjeman on Stage

A one-man stage performance of Edward Fox playing Evelyn Waugh’s friend and Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, is currently touring Southern England. The play entitled “Sand in the Sandwiches” opened in Oxford last month and is reviewed in the Oxford Mail whose … Continue reading

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Child of Waugh Generation Dies

The Daily Telegraph has announced the death of Henrietta Phipps who was the child of two of Waugh’s friends from the beginning of his career. She was 84. Her maiden name was Henrietta Lamb and she was the daughter of … Continue reading

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Aloysius in the News

Sebastian’s Aloysius made the news twice this week. In the bookblog InterestingLiterature, he is mentioned in connection with John Betjeman’s poem “Archibald.” This poem is among Betjeman’s 10 best (i.e., most readable) poems, as selected by the blog: Archibald Ormsby-Gore was, … Continue reading

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