When these champions of theatre—Sir Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Vivien Leigh, Joan Plowright, and Kenneth Tynan—get together to rehearse Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, mere mortals best step aside. With lightning wit and scathing insight into the true nature of genius, Austin Pendleton’s play opens the private worlds of these very public people, exposing their warmth, their egos, and their glittering madness.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:
Caroline Goodall as Joan Plowright
Glenne Headly as Vivien Leigh
Martin Jarvis as Laurence Olivier
Robert Machray as Orson Welles
Orlando Seale as Sean
Simon Templeman as Kenneth Tynan
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in February of 2002.
“…The superb vocal performances of the entire cast make for an eerily enthralling listening experience that is like eavesdropping on genius. Robert Machray and Martin Jarvis are uncanny at capturing the sounds and rhythms of Welles’s and Olivier’s memorable voices and at bringing these giants to life…” ― AudioFile Magazine