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Preserving Vivien Leigh’s Photo Albums – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

I’ve been collecting original Vivien Leigh (and Laurence Olivier, but mostly Vivien) memorabilia in earnest for about 10 years now. It began with vintage fan magazines and playbills, and gradually … Continue reading

02/06/2018 · 1 Comment

Benjamin Whitrow obituary | Stage | The Guardian

‘Benjamin Whitrow has never given a bad performance,” said Laurence Olivier, who employed the actor in his National Theatre company at the Old Vic for seven years in the late 1960s. By … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Theatre Review • THE ENTERTAINER • Liverpool Playhouse • 2004

From the Archive 25-06-2014 Liverpool Playhouse has opened its doors under the new directorship of Gemma Bodinetz with an adventurous, some would say dangerous first choice of production, John Osborne’s darkly political… … Continue reading

08/16/2017 · 4 Comments


Laurence Olivier On Acting ‘John [Gielgud] is a very sweet man, but he seems to say rather more critical things about me than he does about Ralph. He probably wouldn’t … Continue reading

08/04/2016 · 4 Comments


“I found him technically extraordinary. It was an awesome experience to be on the same stage with him, and sometimes I found it frightening.” Billie Whitelaw “That was amazing, to … Continue reading

07/13/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 99th Birthday Sir Laurence Olivier | Waldina

NAME: Laurence Olivier OCCUPATION: Filmmaker, Actor BIRTH DATE: May 22, 1907 DEATH DATE: July 11, 1989 EDUCATION: Central School of Speech and Drama, St. Edward’s School, All Saints Choir Sch… … Continue reading

05/22/2016 · Leave a comment

Post-war British theatre: Finlay, Gaskill and British Black and Asian Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

Almost swamped by the understandable outpouring of tributes for the late Sir Terry Wogan, the death of the fine actor Frank Finlay at 89 has passed with little attention this … Continue reading

02/05/2016 · Leave a comment

49th Parallel: Britain’s Love Letter to Canada – Silver Screenings

Perhaps we (as in, yours truly) read too much into the WWII-era drama 49th Parallel. This 1941 film serves propaganda straight up, courtesy of the British Ministry of Information. It was meant … Continue reading

02/04/2016 · 1 Comment

The Ultimate Fan Letters – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

The fan letters in Olivier’s and Leigh’s respective archives bring out a range of feelings – wonder at the poetic, eloquent language used by even young people, and the far … Continue reading

12/26/2015 · Leave a comment

A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: A Trip to the Theatre: Orson’s Shadow

Originally posted on A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life. Final casting has been announced for the European premiere of Orson’s Shadow, a critically acclaimed comedy by Austin Pendleton, about the … Continue reading

06/20/2015 · Leave a comment

Bryden & Clark: Lives in the Theatre

Bryden & Clark: Lives in the Theatre by Nobby Clark, Bill Bryden Binding: PaperBack | Page extent: 112 ISBN: 9781783190836 Bill Bryden is one of the true mavericks of British … Continue reading

11/26/2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Vivien Leigh

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 101st birthday of Vivien Leigh.  Absolutely everyone has seen her amazing performance in Gone With The Wind and fell in love with her…

11/05/2014 · 3 Comments

Quote • Laurence Olivier

“Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.” Good Reads Laurence Olivier 1907-1989

08/18/2014 · Leave a comment

Archive Theatre Review • THE ENTERTAINER • Liverpool Playhouse • 2004

Liverpool Playhouse has opened its doors under the new directorship of Gemma Bodinetz with an adventurous, some would say dangerous first choice of production, John Osborne’s darkly political swipe at fifties Britain, The … Continue reading

06/25/2014 · Leave a comment

Fifty Years Today since O’Toole’s Hamlet opened National Theatre

Laurence Olivier, June 17, 1939 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Hamlet. 1963. Peter O’Toole. Rosemary Harris. Dir. Olivier. National Theatre. #fifty #NT #photography National Theatre on Facebook The National Theatre is 50 years … Continue reading

10/22/2013 · Leave a comment