Peter Glenville centenary


Peter Glenville (1913 1996)

Peter Glenvilles centenary year will be marked by a gala celebration in London this November. Comprising a mini-retrospective of his films, a one-day symposium and a photographic exhibition at The Old Vic, the weekend will include live and filmed guest appearances by Michael Billington, Richard Eyre, James Earl Jones.

Glenville began his career as an actor and was in the Old Vic company just before the outbreak of World War II. When The Old Vic was forced to move out of London during the Blitz Glenville acted in and directed a dozen productions at the companys temporary home in Liverpool. It was at The Old Vic that Peter Glenville honed his talent as a director before going on to conquer the West End and then Broadway.

The photographs illustrate the range of Glenvilles work showing him at work with some of his favourite actors: Vivien Leigh, Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Richard Burton and Alec Guinness among many others. By way of bringing this history right up to date, the exhibition also features a photograph of Glenville directing James Earl Jones who is currently starring in The Old Vics Much Ado About Nothing.

Other events in the Centenary Celebrations include a one-day Symposium on Glenville chaired by BBCs Mark Lawson and screenings of two of Glenvilles movies at the BFI South Bank on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November.

To read the article published in our programme about his life download the PDF from this page.