Laurence Olivier’s visit to Dorton House

Lawrence Olivier at the entrance of Dorton House

In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.

In the early 1950s, leading theatre and film actor and director Sir Laurence Olivier visited Dorton House in Aylesbury.

He had a walk around the grounds and met with the school’s headteacher.

Olivier, who is considered to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, was just one of our supporters from the creative industry, which also included Charlie Chaplin, Sir John Mills and JB Priestley.

Olivier had a career that spanned six decades, in which he starred in almost 60 films. One stage he played at least 120 roles, including Hamlet, Macbeth and Uncle Vanya.

He was also founding artistic director of the National Theatre.

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