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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

  • Seussical - Writer

    21:00, Sat 3rd July 2021 - Tue 6th July 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is a rather complex amalgamation of many of Seuss's most…

  • The King and I - Camera Operator

    20:45, Wed 7th July 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    The King and I is a musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which deriv…

  • Hamlet - Writer

    21:00, Thu 5th August 2021 - Mon 9th August 2021 at Almeida Theatre

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King…

  • Peter and Wendy - Assistant Stage Manager

    21:00, Sun 24th October 2021 - Wed 27th October 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Sun 31st October 2021 - Wed 3rd November 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:00, Sun 7th November 2021 - Wed 10th November 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel, respectively. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan,…

  • Godspell - Jesus

    19:30, Sat 6th November 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:15, Mon 8th November 2021 at Almeida Theatre
    19:15, Tue 9th November 2021 at Random Venue 49
    19:30, Fri 12th November 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:45, Sat 13th November 2021 at Crucible Theatre
    19:15, Mon 15th November 2021 at Random Venue 99
    19:15, Thu 18th November 2021 at Random Venue 29
    15:30, Fri 19th November 2021 at The Old Vic
    19:15, Sun 21st November 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including…

  • The Sound of Music - Technical Director

    19:45, Sat 4th December 2021 - Tue 7th December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    19:15, Sat 11th December 2021 - Tue 14th December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    11:30, Sat 18th December 2021 - Tue 21st December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of…

  • South Pacific - Bassoon

    19:15, Tue 7th December 2021 - Sun 12th December 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate success,…

  • Starlight Express - Electra the Electric Train

    19:45, Fri 17th December 2021 - Wed 22nd December 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:30, Fri 24th December 2021 - Wed 29th December 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:30, Fri 31st December 2021 - Wed 5th January 2022 at Barbican Centre

    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…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Production Electrician

    19:45, Sun 20th February 2022 - Wed 23rd February 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's…

  • The Crucible - Stage Manager

    20:00, Tue 22nd March 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Crucible is a 1953 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It was initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good". It is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Provi…

  • Starlight Express - Set Designer

    20:45, Mon 2nd May 2022 - Fri 6th May 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    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…

  • Peer Gynt - Director

    14:45, Fri 12th August 2022 - Thu 18th August 2022 at Barbican Centre

    Peer Gynt is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. Written in the Dano-Norwegian language, it is the most widely performed Norwegian…

  • Kiss Me, Kate - Producer

    20:30, Sat 29th October 2022 - Wed 2nd November 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage…

  • Hello, Dolly! - Technical Director

    20:45, Sat 29th October 2022 - Thu 3rd November 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Match…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Technical Director

    20:00, Sat 5th November 2022 - Thu 10th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:30, Sat 12th November 2022 - Thu 17th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:00, Sat 19th November 2022 - Thu 24th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's…

  • Sunset Boulevard - Production Manager

    19:15, Sun 6th November 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    19:15, Tue 8th November 2022 at Almeida Theatre
    19:15, Wed 9th November 2022 at The Old Vic
    19:45, Thu 10th November 2022 at Random Venue 62
    19:15, Sun 13th November 2022 at Random Venue 95

    Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond…

  • Pippin - Production Manager

    19:15, Sun 13th November 2022 - Wed 16th November 2022 at Random Venue 17

    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…

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