The Theater: The Egyptian

When Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh decided to do Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra for last summer's Festival of Britain, Stage Designer Roger Furse jokingly suggested that they do Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra as well. They smiled at the idea but were quickly haunted by it; and in due time the two Cleopatras became the sensation of the festival. Long before they opened in Manhattan last week, to rave reviews and a $900,000 advance, they had become a Broadway sensation as well.

The thing was such a bright idea, it comes off such a brilliant stunt, it boasts in the Oliviers so much...

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