News Archive for 2019
Flog It comes to Daphne du Maurier Country
12th December 2019: Today’s episode of the popular programme Flog It
came from Boconnoc House, in Cornwall this afternoon. In between the excitement of local people having their antiques looked at and sometimes chosen to go to auction, Paul Martin, the programme’s presenter, talked about literary links in Cornwall, and in particular Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham. ...
Tywardreath Players present a Christmas treat for du Maurier fans in Cornwall
2nd December 2019: Tywardreath Players present Merry Christmas
a radio play, updated and adapted by Richard Hope-Pears, from Daphne du Maurier’s short story Happy Christmas
, followed by a sing-along of carols, at four venues in Cornwall in the days leading up to Christmas. ...
Theatre Royal Bath Productions tour of My Cousin Rachel moves to Malvern
1st December 2019: The third venue for the current touring production of My Cousin Rachel
, starring Helen George in the titular role, is Malvern where the play will be performed from Tuesday 3rd until Saturday 7th December. The play will then take a short break and resume the tour in January. ...
My Cousin Rachel tour, starring Helen George, moves to Inverness
24th November 2019: Joseph O’Connor’s beautiful adaptation of My Cousin Rachel
, directed by Anthony Banks and starring Helen George as Rachel, moves to Eden Court, Inverness from Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th November 2019.
The Daphne du Maurier website left their dear able assistant Suzanne in charge of Bookends of Fowey and went on an adventure to Bath to see Helen George and the cast of My Cousin Rachel
perform at the Theatre Royal, Bath last week.
My Cousin Rachel theatre tour begins this week
12th November 2019: A reminder to all UK followers of Daphne du Maurier that the play of My Cousin Rachel
adapted by Joseph O’Connor from Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, and starring Helen George as Rachel, begins its tour at the Theatre Royal Bath tomorrow, Wednesday 13th November. ...
Rebecca included in a new list of novels that have shaped our lives
6th November 2019: The BBC is beginning a year-long celebration of literature, an ambitious new season to mark the 300th anniversary of the English Language novel, citing Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe as the first recognised English Language novel. We are delighted to be able to tell you that Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier is included in the list....
Don’t Look Now film to be screened as part of Mayfair and St James’s Literary Festival
23rd October 2019: The second annual Mayfair and St James’s Literary festival takes place from 28th October – 3rd November, with a series of literary-inspired events at some exciting venues throughout Mayfair & St James’s. One particularly important event for du Maurier fans will be the screening of Don’t Look Now, the film based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story, transformed for cinema by the brilliant director Nicholas Roeg. ...
The Blue Lenses chosen as the short story for Halloween podcast
22nd October 2019: Backlisted, the fortnightly literary podcast, presented by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, has chosen the Daphne du Maurier short story The Blue Lenses as the book to be discussed on their Halloween podcast on Monday 28th October. ...
The Apple Tree by Daphne du Maurier to join’s Seth’s Christmas Ghost Stories series.
19th October 2019: The Apple Tree
, a short story by Daphne du Maurier, which was first published in a collection of short stories called The Apple Tree
in 1952, and later with a change of title to The Birds and Other Stories
, is to be published as a single story in time for Christmas....
Favourite First Lines article in student newspaper includes Rebecca
15th October 2019: In time for the start of a new academic year, four students tell Indigo about their favourite openings to popular novels. The novels they have chosen are The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern, Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
by Salman Rushdie and Beloved
by Toni Morrison....
Our Star Theatre Company, Ledbury - short tour of Rebecca
4th October 2019: The Our Star Theatre Company are currently performing an adaptation of the play Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. ...
My Cousin Rachel tour - full cast joining Helen George announced
3rd October 2019: The full cast for the production of My Cousin Rachel
, which begins its tour at the Theatre Royal, Bath in November, has been announced. It had already been announced that Helen George will take the lead as Rachel. She will be joined by Simon Shepherd, Jack Holden, Christopher Hollis, John Lumsden, Sean Murray and Aruhan Galieva....
The Saddleworth Players’ present My Cousin Rachel at the Millgate Arts Centre
28th September 2019: The Saddleworth Players’ are currently performing Diane Morgan’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel My Cousin Rachel
at the Millgate Arts Centre, Oldham, Greater Manchester. The play’s run begins today, Saturday 28th September, and runs until Saturday 5th October. ...
Flora Watkins talks about her long-lasting obsession with Daphne du Maurier’s work
22nd September 2019: Writer and journalist Flora Watkins has written a beautiful full-page article in which she reveals her long-lasting obsession with Daphne du Maurier’s macabre yet seductive work. Written to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Daphne’s novel The House on the Strand
, Flora’s article is published in the October 2019 edition of Harper Bazaar
Netflix adaptation of Rebecca – update
20th September 2019: The filming for the new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca
, directed by Ben Wheatley, and based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, that has been taking place in several locations throughout the summer has been completed. The film has now gone into post-production....
My Cousin Rachel - Theatre Royal, Bath
8th September 2019: As we announced to you in May, Helen George will be performing in the lead role of My Cousin Rachel
at the Theatre Royal, Bath from 13th – 23rd November 2019. We can now confirm that there will then be a short provincial tour of the play from late November until early February 2020 ...
Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) 2019 to highlight Daphne du Maurier as their featured writer
14th August 2019: Living, working and running the Daphne du Maurier website in Fowey, the heart of Daphne du Maurier country, it is easy to find something that relates to Daphne du Maurier every single day. But it is always a delight to hear news from places across the world who are just as interested in her work as we are. So, it is will huge pleasure that we can report on the imminent start of the 7th Pune International Literary Festival, taking place from the 20th – 22nd September at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration in Pune, India. ...
Filming of the new adaptation of Rebecca moves to Loseley Park
7th August 2019: Loseley Park near Guildford, Surrey is a popular location for film and television programme-making and is the latest location for filming of the new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca
to take place. ...
Rule Britannia and Brexit
29 July 2019: Daphne du Maurier’s final novel Rule Britannia
, published in 1972, has gained more attention since the referendum that dictated Britain leaves Europe, and the whole drama about Brexit that has ensued, than it ever did when it was first published or indeed during the intervening years. We have found a great new review of Rule Britannia
to share with you...
Don’t Look Now - Film Reviews
26th July 2019: There has been a massive upsurge of interest in the film Don’t Look Now
since it was relaunched into cinemas earlier this month. Several reviews of the film have been published and here are two for you to see....
Willow and Thatch article discussing the cast of the new adaptation of Rebecca
22nd July 2019: Willow and Thatch
is an independent website dedicated to the historical/costume/period drama movie and TV genre. This site includes many very interesting articles, several of which relate to Daphne du Maurier. Today I would like to draw your attention to an article, which looks at the characters is the story of Rebecca
, and the actors who have been cast in those roles in the new Netflix adaptation...
Winner in the Honi Soit Writing Competition 2019 writes about Daphne du Maurier
18th July 2019: Ella McKelvie was awarded first place in the non-fiction section of the Honi Soit Writing Competition 2019 with her essay Queerness and Daphne du Maurier
. The competition was judged by New York Times journalist Isabella Kwai....
Don’t Look Now back in UK Cinemas
5th July 2019: Don’t Look Now
, the 1973 film adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short story, starring Julie Christie and Donald Southerland as Laura and John Baxter, is back in cinemas from today (5th July 2019). ...
News of filming locations for Netflix Rebecca
28th June 2019: News of locations where filming is taking place for the new adaptation of Rebecca
is beginning to come through. Filming will take place in the UK and France, and we understand that Hatfield House is to be the location for Manderley. ...
Netflix adaptation of Rebecca - news
26th June 2019: Now that filming is underway on the new adaptation of Rebecca
, the Daphne du Maurier website is delighted to reveal more details about the cast and the parts they are playing. ...
September Tide to be performed at The Theatre Royal, Plymouth
23rd June 2019: Just to remind you, the Tamaritans Theatre Company is performing Daphne du Maurier's play September Tide
at The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th June....
More stars named as filming begins on the new adaptation of Rebecca
1st June 2019: Four more actors join the cast of Ben Wheatley’s, Working Title/ Netflix, adaptation of Rebecca
. Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, Sam Riley and Ben Crompton join Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristen Scott Thomas, whose names had already been announced...
Local amateur group the Tamaritans Theatre Company presents September Tide
28th May 2019: An absolute treat is in store for du Maurier followers in the West Country. The Tamaritans Theatre Company are presenting Daphne du Maurier’s masterful play September Tide
at The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth from Tuesday 25th until Saturday 29th June 2019....
Helen George to star in My Cousin Rachel
Helen George, who is most well known for her role in the television series Call the Midwife
, has been cast in the leading role of a new stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel
, which will run at the Theatre Royal Bath in November....
A reminder about the Tywardreath Players performance of The House on the Strand
19th May 2019: An important reminder for all du Maurier followers in the Fowey area. Daphne du Maurier’s novel The House on the Strand
is celebrating is fiftieth anniversary this year and to honour such an important moment the Tywardreath Players will be performing their play of the book at Marsh Villa Gardens, Par from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May 2019. ...
Celebrating Daphne du Maurier’s birthday
13th May 2019: Today we celebrate Daphne du Maurier’s birthday. She was born on 13th May 1907, the second daughter to Gerald du Maurier and his wife Muriel (née Beaumont)...
Kristin Scott Thomas to play Mrs Danvers
10th May 2019: It has just been announced that Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sarah’s Key
) is to join the cast of Ben Wheatley’s new adaptation of Rebecca
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 10th – 18th May 2019
9th May 2019: The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature begins tomorrow. Copies of the programme can be picked up in lots of locations around Fowey and it is also available on the Fowey Festival website. Check on our Fowey Festival news page regularly because we will be highlighting the Daphne du Maurier related events that are taking place day by day....
Tywardreath Players to perform The House on the Strand
3rd May 2019: Daphne du Maurier’s novel The House on the Strand
is celebrating is fiftieth year this year and to honour such an important anniversary the Tywardreath Players will be performing their play of the book at Marsh Villa Gardens, Par from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May 2019. Performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Cornish Riviera Box Office (CRBO) on their website www.crbo.co.uk or by telephone 01726 879500....
How writing to Daphne du Maurier encouraged Julie Myerson to become a writer
1st May 2019: An article in The Guardian this week tells us how Julie Myerson was encouraged to become a writer because of the responses she received from authors that she wrote to as a teenager....
Daphne’s Ghost, a novel by D.L. Baylis
30th April 2019: Daphne’s Ghost
, the first novel from writer D.L. Baylis has just been published. For a review of this romantic tale with an unexpected twist, and information about availability click here: ...
Looking back at the Maureen Baker-Munton auction of Daphne du Maurier related items
28th April 2019: On Saturday 27th April, the Du Maurier archive belonging to Maureen Baker-Munton, PA to Lt Gen Sir Frederick ‘Boy’ Browning, was sold at auction at Rowley’s Fine Art in Ely, Cambridgeshire. It took just over five hours for auctioneer Will Axon to make his way through more than 350 lots, including handwritten and typed letters by Daphne du Maurier, Royal photographs and memorabilia, and military items belonging to Boy Browning. ...
Article about Daphne du Maurier's hidden poems on 'The Conversation' website
23rd April 2019: In this article about the newly discovered du Maurier poems, Dr Laura Varnam tells us about the discovery and explains how they shed light on a talented writer honing her craft...
Daphne du Maurier: sur les traces de Rebecca
22nd April 2019: The French documentary Daphne du Maurier: sur les traces de Rebecca
, first shown on the Arte culture channel on television in France and Germany in 2017 is to be show again, in both countries, this Sunday (28th April)....
An amazing discovery of previously unseen poems by Daphne du Maurier
16th April 2019: News of the discovery of some of Daphne du Maurier's early poetry, hidden behind a beautiful photograph of her for 90 years, has come from Rowley’s Auction House, Ely, where the forthcoming action of Maureen Baker-Munton’s Daphne du Maurier archive goes under the hammer on 27th April. ...
Maureen Baker-Munton's Daphne du Maurier archive auction catalogue is now available
15th April 2019: Excitement about the auction of Daphne du Maurier items, from the archive of Maureen Baker-Munton, which takes place at Rowley’s Auction House, Ely, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 27th April is mounting now that the catalogue is available on line...
Maureen Baker-Munton's du Maurier archive to go to auction
15th March 2019: Maureen Baker Munton (née Luschwitz) was Staff Officer and later PA to Lieutenant General Sir Fredrick Browning and a family friend to the du Maurier Browning family for many years. Her archive of du Maurier related ephemera goes up for auction in April ...
Daphne du Maurier documentary is the Sunday Times Critics' Choice
17th February 2019: We are delighted to tell you that the Daphne du Maurier documentary In Rebecca’s Footsteps is the Sunday Times Critics’ Choice for television viewing this Wednesday, 20th February at 9pm on @PBSAmerica. ...
Daphne du Maurier documentary to be shown on British television
15th February 2019: Daphne du Maurier: In Rebecca’s Footsteps
, the documentary made in France and the UK in 2017, is to make its British television premiere on the PBS America channel on Wednesday 20th February at 9pm. ...
Jamaica Inn is presented with an award for helping snow-bound motorists
8th February 2019: Highways England, the company which maintains and manages the A30 route through Devon and Cornwall, presented an award to the staff of Jamaica Inn yesterday, in recognition of the help and support that they gave to motorists in the bad weather last week....
Daphne du Maurier's literary agent celebrates 120 years of business
7th February 2019: From the beginning of Daphne du Maurier’s writing career Curtis Brown has been her literary agent. This year Curtis Brown celebrates 120 years of business, having been founded by Albert Curtis Brown in 1899, making them one of the oldest literary agents in Europe. During this celebratory year Curtis Brown are looking back at the many talented writers that they have represented from the earliest days to the current authors whose work they represent....
Jamaica Inn in the news as snow engulfs the A30
The celebrated inn on Bodmin moor, made famous by Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel 'Jamaica Inn', was in the news this week as they offered hospitality to motorists who were stranded by snow on the A30. This article in the Guardian describes Jamaica Inn's staffs' brilliant efforts to assist travellers and refers to Daphne's celebrated novel. They might not have received such a warm welcome if Joss Merlyn, from the novel, had been the landlord! Well done to everyone at Jamaica Inn for their wonderful work and kindness....
Daphne du Maurier’s books in Bhutan, South East Asia
12th January 2019: We know that Daphne du Maurier has followers all over the world. At Bookends of Fowey we send her books to customers in many different countries. One of our customers, Cuthbert, who lives in Australia, buys Daphne du Maurier titles regularly and ...
New Interview Essay on Du Maurier by Dr Laura Varnam
We are delighted to share this in-depth interview essay by Festival regular Dr Laura Varnam on the website Five Books. Looking beyond 'Rebecca' and 'Jamaica Inn', Laura discusses lesser known works by Du Maurier, showing why Daphne should be reevaluated as one of the twentieth century's most prodigious and versatile literary talents. Discussing Daphne's life, works, love for Cornwall, literary influences, and Hitchcock's adaptations of her works, this long essay is a fascinating read for all Du Maurier fans. (Please note, does contain some plot spoilers)....
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