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The Boeuf chronicles

Scenario of Jean Cocteau’s
The Nothing Doing Bar

Daniella Thompson

“Le Barman du Boeuf sur le Toit” by Jean Cocteau



Facsimile from Nothing Doing in London One, London, November 1966.

The literary/arts review Nothing Doing in London took its name from the The Nothing Doing Bar subtitle to the Milhaud-Cocteau ballet Le Boeuf sur le Toit. The review lasted two letterpress issues: November 1966 and January 1968. Editor Anthony Barnett feels that his translation of the ballet scenario in the first issue is more or less acceptable but that in places it could be improved. It also gave its name to the imprint Nothing Doing in London. From 1969, after AB left London (for good, he is glad to say), in fact England for several years, the imprint became Nothing Doing (formally in London), not (formerly) as it has been misrepresented. The imprint, now superseded by Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers, no longer exists. During the period of the review AB also sought literary occurrences of the phrase “nothing doing” for an anthology that never saw the light of day.


The scenario


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