OLIVIER Laurence - Programme Signed 1962 for Semi-Detached
Laurence OLIVIER (1907-1989)
Programme Signed (“L Olivier”), signed across an advertisement for Digestive Biscuits, opposite the title page of the programme for David Turner’s Semi-Detached, directed by Tony Richardson at the Saville Theatre in 1962 with Olivier in the starring role.
In all, 16pp., London, 1962.
Turner’s Semi-Detached, which appears to be largely forgotten today, had its premiere earlier that year in Coventry with Leonard Rossiter in the leading role, which Olivier took over for the London run, supported by Mona Washbourne, Eileen Atkins, John Thaw and, James Bolam. It marked yet another collaboration with the great Tony Richardson, who had directed Olivier in The Entertainer in 1957.
The play came at an interesting time for Olivier. A year earlier, he had taken over as director of the Chichester Festival, where he directed a hugely successful Uncle Vanya. In August 1962, some months before this play opened, Olivier was named director of the new National Theatre, then based at the Old Vic while the current National Theatre building was planned and built.
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