Vivien Leigh replaces the King's Head planned production of Nude Boys Revue, which had been due to open on 16 October. The theatre says the latter has been postponed rather than cancelled, but opposition from the extremely similar-sounding American show Naked Boys Singing, which opens 27 October at Madame JoJo's no doubt exerted some pressure. Nude Boys Revue is now slated for a spring outing.
Directed by John Edward Blankenchip, Vivien Leigh The Last Press Conference follows the triumphs and tragedies of the late stage and screen star who was also married to Laurence Olivier. Anecdotes from theatre icons, romantic stories and Leigh's own words are combined within the drama. Lafferty's impetus for the show came from her own short film Vivien, The Movie, The Marriage, The Madness.
A veteran of over 60 plays worldwide, Lafferty was most recently seen as Portia in The Author's Voice at Hollywood's Stella Adler Theatre. Other theatre career highlights include Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged. Her numerous film credits contain Star Trek - The Movie, Airplane II and The Day Time Ended.
Born in India in 1913, Vivien Leigh first appeared on screen with Laurence Olivier in the 1937 costume epic Fire Over England. A movie legend for her Oscar-winning role as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind, Leigh only obtained the role once the film had actually begun shooting. She married Olivier in 1940 and the couple subsequently starred in a US stage version of Romeo and Juliet. Despite being dogged by illness, and a divorce from Olivier, Leigh continued to work in theatre. She won a Tony award for her 1963 Broadway debut in Tovarich, but died from tuberculosis in 1967.
- by Terri Paddock