theatre

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 …

10 Leigh/Olivier Destinations in England – #9

Posted in - laurence olivier & london & the oliviers & theatre & vivien leigh on August 31st 2010 1 Comments

Royal National Theatre
South Bank
SE1 9PX
Nearest tube stop: Waterloo

A 5 minute walk from the Old Vic will find you outside Britain’s Royal National Theatre. Situated on London’s South Bank next door to the British Film Institute and Waterloo Bridge, the National Theatre is probably Laurence Olivier’s biggest lasting accomplishment in the …

Midsummer…

Posted in - theatre & vivien leigh on July 19th 2010 4 Comments

Vivien Leigh as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Tyrone Guthrie for the Old Vic Company, 1937-38 season

Costumes by Oliver Messel

Photos from Vivien Leigh’s performance in the Old Vic production of Midsummer are by far my favorite.  Oliver Messel’s costumes, the make-up, her beauty.  Perfect.  I have …