Derek Jacobi, who will star in Hugh Whitemore's new play God Only Knows later this year, has been telling the New York Times about a reprimand and words of advice he once received from Laurence Olivier. “If you have pretensions of being a leading actor you must learn how to take a curtain call.” He said. Jacobi is currently starring in Uncle Vanya in New York with Roger Rees and Laura Linney, but was less forthcoming with words of advice to actors aspiring to emulate his own performance. “I don't like to talk about how I'm doing it. The truth is, it should be seen and not talked about.” Less anecdotal evidence of the depth of Lord Olivier s knowledge and experience is contained in his letters and papers purchased by the British Library from his family in a deal believed to be worth £1m. The archive includes coverage of his career as a stage and screen actor and as Director of the National Theatre as well as annotated scripts and the first draft of John Osborne's The Entertainer. The British Library was given a £500,000 Lottery grant for the purchase which the family chose to arrange privately.