5. Late 20th Century
Film of Richard III, directed by Laurence Olivier who also plays the title-role. Olivier’s text includes some of the changes made by Colley Cibber and David Garrick in the 18th century.
Laurence Olivier also plays the title-role in Titus Andronicus, directed by Peter Brook at the Stratford Memorial Theatre. This abstract and highly stylized production is acclaimed by critics.
Paul Robeson appears again in the title-role of Othello in a production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Paul Robeson as Shakespeare's Othello,
Royal Shakespeare Company formed by Peter Hall. The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre is renamed the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and provides a base for the new company.
The newly established National Theatre’s opening production at the Old Vic is Hamlet. The director is Laurence Olivier and the title-role is played by Peter O’Toole.
Shakespeare’s 3 Henry VI plays are cut and adapted into 2 plays. They are given with Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, and Richard III as The Wars of the Roses. The 7-play cycle is produced for the Royal Shakespeare Company by Peter Hall and John Barton.
Quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s birth celebrated not only in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, but world-wide.
The new National Theatre on London’s South Bank opens with Hamlet. The production is directed by Peter Hall, with Albert Finney in the title-role.
The foundations of the Rose Theatre are discovered on Bankside.
Two Gentleman of Verona is the first of Shakespeare’s plays to be given in a reconstruction of the Globe on Bankside. The new playhouse is very close to Shakespeare’s Globe.
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