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Laurence Olivier

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was a British actor, director, and producer. An Anglican clergyman's son, Olivier became determined early on to master Shakespeare, and eventually came to be regarded as one of the foremost Shakespeare interpreters of the 20th century. His three Shakespeare films as actor-director, Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III, are among the pinnacles of the bard at the cinema. Olivier was the youngest actor to be knighted as a Knight Bachelor, in 1947, and the first to be elevated to the peerage two decades later.
In addition to Shakespeare, during a six decade career, Olivier played many other roles on stage and screen. On stage his more than 120 roles included Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer. He appeared in nearly 60 films, including William Wyler's Wuthering Heights, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth. His other Shakespeare roles for the cinema were as Orlando in As You Like It and the lead in Othello, with virtually the entire cast from the production at the Old Vic of the National Theatre Company, of which he was then artistic director. He had earlier filled the same post at the Old Vic after the war. The largest stage in the National Theatre building was later named after him.

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Laurence Olivier is preparing for

  • A Little Night Music - Lighting Designer

    20:45, Mon 24th August 2020 - Sat 29th August 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of seve…

  • West Side Story - Technical Director

    21:00, Mon 7th September 2020 - Fri 11th September 2020 at Random Venue 83
    20:45, Mon 14th September 2020 - Fri 18th September 2020 at Random Venue 83
    20:15, Mon 21st September 2020 - Fri 25th September 2020 at Random Venue 83

    West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by Willi…

  • The Visit - Ottilie

    19:15, Tue 12th January 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    The Visit is a 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

  • All's Well That Ends Well - Technical Director

    10:45, Mon 15th February 2021 - Thu 18th February 2021 at Random Venue 16

    All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare. It is traditionally believed to have been written between 1604 and 1605, and was originally published in the First Folio in 1623.
    Though origi…

  • The Mousetrap - Publicity Designer

    19:30, Tue 23rd February 2021 - Fri 26th February 2021 at The Old Vic

    The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any…

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor - Anne Page

    21:00, Thu 3rd June 2021 at Gielgud Theatre
    20:30, Fri 4th June 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    20:30, Mon 7th June 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:45, Wed 9th June 2021 at Barbican Centre
    20:30, Sat 12th June 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    20:15, Tue 15th June 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    21:00, Wed 16th June 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    20:15, Sat 19th June 2021 at Almeida Theatre
    20:15, Mon 21st June 2021 at Almeida Theatre
    20:00, Wed 23rd June 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though believed to have been written prior to 1597. It features the fat knight Sir John Falstaff. Though nominally…

  • Mamma Mia! - Viola

    20:30, Mon 5th July 2021 - Fri 9th July 2021 at Savoy Theatre

    Mamma Mia! is a stage musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the…

  • The Duchess of Malfi - Sound Designer

    20:15, Sat 7th August 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play written by the English dramatist John Webster in 1612–13. It was first performed privately at the Blackfriars Theatre, then before a more general audience…

  • Evita - Drums

    20:45, Wed 11th August 2021 - Sat 14th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:45, Wed 18th August 2021 - Sat 21st August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    12:15, Wed 25th August 2021 - Sat 28th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The…

  • Starlight Express - Trombone

    21:00, Thu 12th August 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Arlene Phillips, with revisions by Don Black, David Yazbek and Alistair Lloyd Webber & Nick Coler. The story follows a…

  • The Visit - Claire Zachanassian

    20:15, Tue 17th August 2021 - Sun 22nd August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    The Visit is a 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

  • The Comedy of Errors - Production Manager

    21:00, Tue 24th August 2021 - Sat 28th August 2021 at Random Venue 65

    The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity…

  • Pippin - Publicity Designer

    20:45, Mon 6th September 2021 - Sat 11th September 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses…

  • Measure for Measure - Lighting Designer

    15:45, Wed 29th September 2021 - Sun 3rd October 2021 at Gielgud Theatre
    20:30, Wed 6th October 2021 - Sun 10th October 2021 at Gielgud Theatre
    19:45, Wed 13th October 2021 - Sun 17th October 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. It was classified as comedy, but its mood defies those expectations. As a result and for a variety…

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Helena

    21:30, Tue 16th November 2021 - Sun 21st November 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. It is believed that it was written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and…

  • Sunday in the Park with George - Costume Designer

    19:15, Sun 30th January 2022 at London Palladium
    20:00, Wed 2nd February 2022 at Almeida Theatre
    15:30, Sat 5th February 2022 at London Palladium
    20:00, Mon 7th February 2022 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:45, Tue 8th February 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    19:15, Thu 10th February 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:45, Sun 13th February 2022 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    20:00, Wed 16th February 2022 at The Old Vic
    19:45, Sat 19th February 2022 at Random Venue 11

    Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical was inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande…

  • As You Like It - Touchstone

    19:45, Wed 2nd February 2022 - Sat 5th February 2022 at Barbican Centre

    As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain,…

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