Old Plays in Manhattan, May 20, 1946

For two months the excitement along Broadway had been mounting. At the tail end of a lively but not very lustrous season there loomed one of the brightest theatrical events in years: England's world-famous Old Vic was arriving for six weeks of repertory, with such topnotchers in its cast as Laurence Olivier (TIME, April 8) and Ralph Richardson (TIME, Dec. 31). On the morning last month when the box office first opened, double lines of ticket buyers stretched for blocks; and by the evening last week when the first curtain rose on Henry IV, Part I, the...

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