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Laurence Olivier & Anthony Quinn "Becket" 1961 Playbill Signed Autograph Cover Photo
Playbill for The Royale Theatre-"Becket"-1961-6" X 9 1/2"-32 pages-theatre program. This vintage Playbill features the 1961 Production of "Becket" starring Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn.The original Broadway production premiered on 5 October 1960 at the St. James Theatre in a production by David Merrick, directed by Peter Glenville and starring Laurence Olivier as Thomas Becket and Anthony Quinn as King Henry II. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won four, including Best Play. The play later transferred to the Royale Theatre and then to the Hudson Theatre. An erroneous story arose in later years that during the run, Quinn and Olivier switched roles and Quinn played Becket to Olivier's King. In fact, Quinn left the production for a film, never having played Becket, and director Glenville suggested a road tour with Olivier as Henry. Olivier happily acceded and Arthur Kennedy took on the role of Becket for the tour and brief return to Broadway, with Olivier playing Henry. The Playbill has been autographed on the front by Laurence Olivier with a fountain pen in black and Anthony Quinn with a fountain pen in blue..................BOTH PLAYBILL AND AUTOGRAPHS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION............