Four of Laurence Oliver's late-career, television performances will be screened this fall at part of "Laurence Olivier: Four Crowing Achievements" at both the New York and Los Angeles Museums of Television & Radio. The series runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 29.
The program begins with A Voyage Round My Father (Sept. 1-20, N.Y.; Sept. 2-20, L.A.), a 1982 adaptation of John Mortimer's play about his father's struggle with blindness. Mortimer directed. Alan Bates co-stars.
In The Collection (Sept. 22-Oct. 11, N.Y.; Sept. 23-Oct. 11, L.A.), a 1976 adaptation of Harold Pinter's play, Olivier plays an aging couturier drawn into a ambiguous romantic quadrangle. Alan Bates, Helen Mirren and Malcolm McDowell also star.
Love Among the Ruins (Oct. 13-Nov. 1, N.Y.; Oct. 14-Nov. 1, L.A.) marks Olivier and Katharine Hepburn's only filmed performance together. In the 1975 film, Olivier plays an aging lawyer and Hepburn the long lost love of his youth.
The series concludes with Olivier's 1983 King Lear (Nov. 3-29, N.Y.; Nov. 4-29, L.A.). Supporting Olivier are Diana Rigg as Regan, John Hurt as the Fool, Leo McKern as Gloucester and Robert Lindsay as Edmund. "Four Crowing Achievements" is presented by the museum and Paramount's "Entertainment Tonight." The New York museum is located at 25 W. 52nd St.; Phone: (212) 621-6600. The Los Angeles museum is located at 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; Phone: (310) 786-1025.
-- By Robert Simonson