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Encyclopedia > The Sleeping Prince (play)

The Sleeping Prince is a 1953 play by Terrence Rattigan. Set in London, England in 1911, it tells the story of a young actress who meets and ultimately captivates a Prince. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Terence Mervyn Rattigan (June 10, 1911-November 30, 1977) was one of Britains most important dramatists. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ...


Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh starred in the first production of the play, in the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End, in 1953. It was first performed on Broadway in the Coronet Theatre in November and December 1956, directed by Michael Redgrave, and with a cast including Redgrave, Barbara Bel Geddes and Cathleen Nesbitt. Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907–11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was an English actress. ... The interior of Covent Garden Market in the West End The West End of London is an area of central London, containing many of the citys major tourist attractions, businesses, and administrative headquarters. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood in The Lady Vanishes (1938) Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, KBE (March 20, 1908 — March 21, 1985) was an English actor and the son of the Australian silent film star Roy Redgrave and the actress Margaret Scudamore. ... Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Barbara Bel Geddes (October 31, 1922 – August 8, 2005) was an American actress. ... Cathleen Nesbitt, CBE, born on (November 24, 1888 – and died on August 2, 1982) was an British actress of Welsh and Irish extraction. ...


Marilyn Monroe bought the rights to the play and subsequently produced The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), with Rattigan also writing the screen adaptation. The film was directed by, and costarred Laurence Olivier. Although not a box-office success in its day, the New York Times credits Olivier with extracting a "delightful, comic performance" from Monroe. [1] Norma Jeane Mortenson (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), better known as Marilyn Monroe, was an American Golden Globe Award winning actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 Hollywood film starring Marilyn Monroe and co-starring Laurence Olivier who also directed. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ New York Times, review of The Prince and the Showgirl. Retrieved January 11, 2006.

 
 

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