The Royal Court Theatre in 2020
Shaw in 1911, by Alvin Langdon Coburn
The Palace Theatre, in the City of Westminster, London, built in 1891
Scene from The Happy Land, showing the scandalous impersonation of Gladstone, Lowe, and Ayrton (1873)
Shaw's birthplace (2012 photograph). The plaque reads "Bernard Shaw, author of many plays, was born in this house, 26 July 1856".
The London Palladium in Soho opened in 1910. While the Theatre has a resident show, it also has one-off performances such as concerts. Since 1930 it has hosted the Royal Variety Performance 43 times.
The Royal Court Theatre at dusk in 2007
Shaw in 1879
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Opened in May 1663, it is the oldest theatre in London.
William Archer, colleague and benefactor of Shaw
Original interior of Savoy Theatre in 1881, the year it became the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity.
William Morris (left) and John Ruskin: important influences on Shaw's aesthetic views
The Lyceum Theatre, home to Disney's The Lion King.
Shaw in 1894 at the time of Arms and the Man
Queen's Theatre showing Les Misérables, running in London since October 1985
Gertrude Elliott and Johnston Forbes-Robertson in Caesar and Cleopatra, New York, 1906
The restored facade of the Dominion Theatre, as seen in 2017
Shaw in 1914, aged 57
The St Martin's Theatre, home to The Mousetrap, the world's longest-running play.
Dublin city centre in ruins after the Easter Rising, April 1916
The exterior of the Old Vic
The rotating hut in the garden of Shaw's Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, where Shaw wrote most of his works after 1906
The Royal Court Theatre. Upstairs is used as an experimental space for new projects—The Rocky Horror Show premiered here in 1973.
Shaw in 1936, aged 80
West End theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue in 2016
Garden of Shaw's Corner
Gilbert and Sullivan play at the Savoy in 1881
"The strenuous literary life—George Bernard Shaw at work": 1904 caricature by Max Beerbohm
Victoria Palace Theatre (showing Billy Elliot in 2012) was refurbished in 2017.
Shaw in 1905
Shaw's complete plays
Bust by Jacob Epstein

The Royal Court Theatre, at different times known as the Court Theatre, the New Chelsea Theatre, and the Belgravia Theatre, is a non-commercial West End theatre in Sloane Square, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England.

- Royal Court Theatre

Harley Granville-Barker managed the theatre for the first few years of the 20th century, and George Bernard Shaw's plays were produced at the New Court for a period.

- Royal Court Theatre

Constructed in 1897, Her Majesty's Theatre hosted a number of premieres, including George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in 1914.

- West End theatre

These include the Royal National Theatre, the Barbican Centre, Shakespeare's Globe (including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), the Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Sadler's Wells Theatre, and the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

- West End theatre

In the 1890s Shaw's plays were better known in print than on the West End stage; his biggest success of the decade was in New York in 1897, when Richard Mansfield's production of the historical melodrama The Devil's Disciple earned the author more than £2,000 in royalties.

- George Bernard Shaw

In 1904 J. E. Vedrenne and Harley Granville-Barker established a company at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, Chelsea to present modern drama.

- George Bernard Shaw
The Royal Court Theatre in 2020

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Olivier in 1972

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English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, was one of a trio of male actors who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century.

English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, was one of a trio of male actors who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century.

Olivier in 1972
The house in Wathen Road, Dorking, Surrey, where Olivier was born in 1907
Interior of All Saints, Margaret Street
Peggy Ashcroft, a contemporary and friend of Olivier's at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art, photographed in 1936
Olivier, with his first wife Jill Esmond (left), in 1932
The Old Vic (photographed in 2012), where Olivier honed his skill as a Shakespearean
Olivier, with Merle Oberon in the 1939 film Wuthering Heights
Olivier with Joan Fontaine in the 1940 film Rebecca
Overseas newspaper correspondents visit the set of Henry V at Denham Studios in 1943
Co-director and co-star: Ralph Richardson in the 1940s
Olivier with Leigh in Australia, 1948
Olivier and Leigh in 1957
Olivier, with Joan Plowright in The Entertainer on Broadway in 1958
Poster for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, one of two films in which Olivier appeared in 1960
Laurence Olivier in 1972, during the production of Sleuth
Olivier in 1939

In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Coward's Private Lives, and he appeared in his first film.

In the 1950s Olivier was an independent actor-manager, but his stage career was in the doldrums until he joined the avant-garde English Stage Company in 1957 to play the title role in The Entertainer, a part he later played on film.

After a series of box-office failures, the company balanced its books in 1951 with productions of Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra which the Oliviers played in London and then took to Broadway.