She acted in Friedrich Hebbel's play, "Judith," at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, England with Sean Connery, Ruth Meyers, Barry Foster, Michael Gough, Gary Watson, Eileen Way, Peter Bayliss, and Michael Culver in the cast. Harold Clurman was director. Richard Rodney Bennett was musical director.
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She changed her first name from Ada to Vivien (after Vivien Leigh), hoping it would provide her with a more glamorous image; and from Thompson to Merchant, because she was proud of her brother's service in the Merchant Navy.