(two scenes - one charity performance) Playwright: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Opened: Haymarket Theatre, London, April 24, 1942
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (1948-49)
Playwright: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Directed: Laurence Olivier Opened: New Theatre, London, January 20, 1949
The Old Vic tour of Australia and New Zealand: Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch
Cast: Vivien Leigh (Lady Teazle), Laurence Olivier (Sir Peter Teazle), Terence Morgan (Charles Surface), Peter Cushing (Joseph Surface), Peggy Simpson (Maria), Eileen Beldon (Mrs. Candour), Bernard Merefield (Crabtree), Mercia Swinburne (Lady Sneerwell), and Dan Cunningham (Sir Benjamin Backbite)
Harold Conway (Evening Standard): It was a touching, endearing, loveable
performance, genial and wistful.
W.A. Darlington (the Daily Telegraph): The acting is stylized to such a pitch that I felt on
occasion as though I were at a ballet rather than a serious comedy and as a result
Sir Laurence achieved decorative effect at the expense of dramatic power.