Dr. Joseph Garton, curator of The Ten Chimneys, once home to husband and wife acting time Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, poses with a portrait of Lunt July 19. An exhibit on the pair now graces the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, named for the actors and home to Beauty and the Beast.
Lunt and Fontanne performed together for 40 years, largely in sophisticated and urbane comedies. Plays they appeared in include The Guardsman (1924), Design for Living (1933), The Taming of the Shrew (1935, 40), Idiot's Delight (1936), Amphitryon 38 (1937), There Shall Be No Night (1940). They spent the war years performing in England, and returned the U.S., acting in the comedies O Mistress Mine (1946), I Know My Love (1949), Quadrille (1954) and The Great Sebastians (1956). Their final Broadway play was The Visit (1958). The former Globe Theatre became the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 1958, coinciding with The Visit.