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Laurence Olivier statue unveiled on South Bank

A new statue of Laurence Olivier has been installed on the South Bank riverside walkway next to the National Theatre he helped to establish.

Laurence Olivier statue unveiled on South Bank
The statue is just yards from Waterloo Bridge
Laurence Olivier statue
Tarquin Olivier, Lord Attenborough, Joan Plowright
Lord Attenborough gives a speech at the unveiling ceremony flanked by Laurence Olivier's son Tarquin and widow Joan Plowright

A new statue of Laurence Olivier as Hamlet, created by the sculptor Angela Conner, was unveiled by members of Olivier's original National Theatre company on Sunday afternoon as part of a series of events to celebrate the centenary of the legendary actor's birth.

Lady Olivier (better known as Joan Plowright) was joined by Anna Carteret, Gawn Grainger, Charles Kay, Geraldine McEwan, Ronald Pickup and Sheila Reid to perform the ceremony.

Speeches were made by the National Theatre's chairman Sir Hayden Phillips, Laurence Olivier's son Tarquin and Lord Attenborough.

More than 200 donors, mainly theatre and film people and institutions, contributed to the Laurence Olivier Centenary Statue Appeal.

The statue is situated in the corner of Theatre Square and faces the auditorium in the National that bears Olivier's name.

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