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There will be less indignation among the purists about Sir Laurence Olivier's film of "Richard III", which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh saw last night at the Leicester Square Theatre, than there was about his "Hamlet".All she says is one "good morrow" but her appearances are frequent, conspicuous, and, in spite of the purists, relevant.

In 1970, the writer Laurence James, who has died of cancer aged 56, became an editor at the paperback publishing house, New English Library.Since NEL was, as James admitted, "the bottom end of the market, we were either creative or we went under".

You simply can't imagine a family of four - Laurence, 34, has a wife, Jackie, and two little daughters called Cecile and Hermione - gathering in here to play Monopoly.And d'you know, the great thing is that Laurence hasn't even seen it.

Being relevant and attractive to a new generation of theatregoers seems to me to be one of the great challenges facing British theatre at the moment.Is this an exciting time for British theatre?

Laurence Picken, who has died aged 97, was one of the most original academic minds of the 20th century.In recognition of the breadth of Picken's research, he was allowed to do that rare thing in academia and change faculties, from zoology to oriental studies in 1966.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is moving to the country.Let's watch Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen move to the country.

Legend has it that grave robbers stole Sterne's body and sold it to a professor of anatomy at Cambridge.Thankfully, a student recognised Sterne's features at the dissection table and the body was swiftly returned to its rightful resting place.

Laurence Payne, who has died aged 89, was known offstage as "Larry Two" in deference to the king, "Larry" Olivier, and for a short time he was almost as well known.After training at the Old Vic School in 1939, he was exempted from war service as a conscientious objector on condition that he went on tour with the Old Vic during the war.

The African-American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar was an enormously popular and respected poet in his day.This week's poem, Sympathy – a line of which gave Maya Angelou the title for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – is an almost unbearably painful lyric.

The American actor Laurence Fishburne's debut play, Riff Raff, opens this week at east London's small but influential Arcola theatre.Fishburne, best known for his roles in The Matrix and CSI, wrote the play in 1994, setting the action in a crack den on New York's Lower East Side on Halloween.

I love this photo of me aged three looking ravishing in a miniature Scots Guards uniform made by my paternal grandmother.He would sometimes take us with him on a Saturday morning to do the wards, but otherwise I don't remember much.

Kenneth Branagh famously found himself touted as the natural heir to Sir Laurence Olivier after reprising the actor's classic role for his 1989 version of Shakespeare's Henry V.So it's perhaps fitting that Branagh is in talks to portray Olivier in a film that will detail the latter's squabbles with Marilyn Monroe during the 1957 production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

But those in the running to win the accolade of greatest stage actor do include Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and a relative upstart in the form of Mark Rylance.Playwright David Hare declared Scofield's King Lear "the greatest classical performance of my lifetime".

It's a shock to realise that few people under the age of 60 will ever have seen Laurence Olivier on stage.I first came under Olivier's spell when, as a 15-year-old schoolboy, I saw him play Malvolio, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus in a single Stratford season.

Ten years ago I was a wannabe comedy writer, sending off unsolicited scripts to places like the BBC to no avail.Even if I can get in, there are often more steps to get on to the stage.
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