Adapted and Performed by Richard Stirling
Text © The Literary Executor of the late Sir Cecil Beaton
Used with Kind Permission of the Literary Executor of the late Cecil Beaton and Rupert Crew Limited
For the first time, the diaries of photographer and designer Sir Cecil Beaton come to the stage to accompany his most iconic images of everyone from film stars like Marilyn Monroe to political figures like Winston Churchill. Beaton’s photographs showed his versatility while his diaries exposed his inner turmoil. Not even his triumphant designs for My Fair Lady could quiet his restless mind and his passion for Greta Garbo was as complicated as it was powerful.
Blisteringly funny, with appearances ranging from the Queen Mother and Elizabeth Taylor to Audrey Hepburn and Truman Capote, the diaries paint a self-portrait of the 20th century’s most compelling dandy.
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"Stirling does a superlative job of milking Beaton's diaries for all their venom" – Talkin' Broadway
"This marvelous solo show... is aptly entertaining and informative"
"It is a perfect match of actor and what is now the historical figure he is portraying - and between Stirling and Beaton you have two excellent storytellers." – News Notes Dance
"Stirling dexterously juggles the façade of the flambuoyant eccentric and the truth of the man behind it" – The Front Row Center
"Entertaining and moving"
"Stirling has done a marvelous job"
"CECIL BEATON'S DIARIES is an exceptionally well-written, literate, and amusing solo performance." – Queer Forty