Rare Original Playbill from the 1952 Broadway Performance of Caesar and Cleopatra/Antony and Cleopatra; Signed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
Original Caesar and Cleopatra/ Anthony and Cleopatra Signed Playbill.
Olivier, Laurence and Vivien Leigh.$1,250.00
Item Number: 90375
New York: Laurence Olivier Productions Ltd, 1952.
Rare original playbill from the February 25th 1952 performance of the Caesar and Cleopatra/Anthony and Cleopatra repertory at the Ziegfeld Theatre starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Octavo, illustrated with photographs and advertisements. Signed by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh on the front panel and inscribed by Ronald Adam, “with happy memories and good wishes, Ronald Adam.” A close friend of Olivier’s, WWII RAF fighter pilot Ronald Forbes Adam made his stage acting debut at this very performance. In near fine condition.
Vivien Leigh first appeared as Cleopatra in the lavish 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra directed by Gabriel Pascal and adapted from the 1901 play by George Bernard Shaw. Leigh later performed alongside Laurence Olivier in a stage performance of Caesar and Cleopatra in repertory with Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra in 1951 at London's St James's Theatre. The following year, the play debuted in Broadway.