[Sir Thomas Beecham] once notified the manager of the theatre at, I think, Kings Lynn, where Tristan was being put on, what scenery was needed. For the second act a tower was required. I had no time before the performance to inspect the scenery and you may judge of my astonishment, when the curtain rose, to discover none other than our old friend from the second act of Iolanthe with Big Ben as the background."

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