The Theater: Sacked

At London theatrical parties last week Sir Laurence Olivier fluttered his hand in mock turtle despair. "Sacked, old boy, sacked," he said. "Left without a job."

The sacking part was true. London's famed Old Vic repertory theater had fired its directing triumvirate: Olivier, Sir Ralph Richardson and Designer Director John Burrell. The board of governors had announced "an administrative reorganization." Official reason: the Old Vic will have "bigger responsibilities" next summer when it sets up a British National Theater. A member of the governing board admitted that the official statement was malarkey. "If I told the real truth, some people's feelings might...

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