Fascinating wartime letters sent between Brief Encounter actress Dame Celia Johnson and her husband are being brought on tour in Cumbria. Their daughter Lucy Fleming and her actor husband Simon Williams are set to perform Posting Letters to the Moon in venues in Keswick, Ennerdale and Glenridding. They will take to the stage to tell the wartime relationship between Celia and her husband Peter, brother of James Bond author Ian Fleming.
The letters provide an account of Celia’s experiences during the war and of her dual life – dealing with rationing and learning to drive a tractor, while juggling her role as a film star. Dame Johnson had visited the county while filming Brief Encounter in 1945, describing the location as “simply lovely” and a part of the country she didn’t know “was so beautiful.”
Lucy and Simon, who are at the centre of a love triangle in BBC Radio 4’s series The Archers as Justin and Miranda Elliott, with Justin’s assistant Lillian, are bringing the story of her acting life during the war back to the county next month. We are thrilled to host the show Upstairs @ The Gather on Tuesday, 7th March – 7pm for 7.3pm.
Tickets available at The Gather Cafe, Ennerdale or online at: