Celebrating William Shakespeare

Posted in - the oliviers & theatre on April 23rd 2011 6 Comments

Hamlet at Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark, 1937. Vivien Leigh as Ophelia, Laurence Olivier as Hamlet

Since his death on April 23, 1616, William Shakespeare has continued his reign as the most famous playwright of all time. Countless film adaptations, not to mention stage performances, have been made of his work. …

Vivien Leigh in The Mask of Virtue

Posted in - site updates & theatre & vivien leigh on March 15th 2011 1 Comments

A few months ago, I purchased a couple of rare theatre magazines from the mid-1930s, which included spreads on two of Vivien Leigh’s earliest plays. One of these was the first magazine to feature Vivien on the cover, and contained a letter called

Inside the National Theatre Archive

Posted in - events & laurence olivier & london & theatre on October 21st 2010 4 Comments

This afternoon I had the great pleasure and opportunity to visit the National Theatre Archive to lend a hand with some video footage for next weekend’s Olivier’s Shakespeare: Violence and Memory colloquium and reception.  It started with meeting author Terry Coleman (Olivier the authorized biography) for tea on Tuesday at …

10 Leigh/Olivier Destinations in England — #5

Posted in - laurence olivier & london & theatre on September 5th 2010 1 Comments

The Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin’s Lane
Nearest tube stops: Leicester Square

The Noel Coward Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in London’s West End.  Prior to being named after the famous playwright, it was called the Albery, and before that, the New Theatre.  It was here that the …