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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.


Laurence Olivier is preparing for

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Elton

    15:45, Wed 13th January 2021 - Sun 17th January 2021 at Random Venue 34
    19:15, Wed 20th January 2021 - Sun 24th January 2021 at Random Venue 34
    19:30, Wed 27th January 2021 - Sun 31st January 2021 at Random Venue 34

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is a play and adventure novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title character, Sir Percy Blakeney, repres…

  • Rent - Sound Designer

    20:30, Tue 11th May 2021 - Fri 14th May 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to surviv…

  • Gypsy: A Musical Fable - Violin

    22:15, Wed 6th October 2021 - Sun 10th October 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    11:45, Wed 13th October 2021 - Sun 17th October 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    21:00, Wed 20th October 2021 - Sun 24th October 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Gypsy is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and…

  • Chess - Producer

    19:30, Fri 26th November 2021 - Tue 30th November 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    14:15, Fri 3rd December 2021 - Tue 7th December 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    16:00, Fri 10th December 2021 - Tue 14th December 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players, an American and…

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Benjamin

    20:00, Sat 25th December 2021 - Tue 28th December 2021 at Crucible Theatre

    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis.…


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