Story: Actors and acting

Laurence Olivier's company in New Zealand, 1948

The greatest Shakespearean actor of his time, Laurence Olivier, and his wife and co-star Vivien Leigh, created a minor sensation when they landed at Paraparaumu airport, north of Wellington, in 1948. They were on a nationwide tour of New Zealand with their London-based company, the Old Vic. It was the first time a theatre company had toured New Zealand entirely by aircraft. Five planes were used to transport the cast, props and scenery of their production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The school for scandal.

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Reference: Weekly Review 371. National Film Unit, 1948

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Laurie Atkinson, 'Actors and acting - Amateur acting, 1920s to 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/42187/laurence-oliviers-company-in-new-zealand-1948 (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Laurie Atkinson, published 22 Oct 2014