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Laurence Olivier


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A service of thanksgiving from Westminster Abbey for the life and work of Laurence Olivier , OM, Baron Olivier of Brighton (1907-89).
David Dimbleby describes the scene as over 2,000 people from theatre, film, television and many other walks of life gather to pay tribute to one of the 20th century's great actors.
The service is led by Dean, the Very Rev Michael Maine. Order of Service
'Fanfare on a Great Occasion' from Hamlet (Walton, arr Sargent) Hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the Height. A procession of actors and actresses associated with Olivier lay items at the High Altar symbolic of his life and work. Lesson: Ecclesiastes 3, w 1-11, read by ALBERT FINNEY Psalm 150 (Stanford)
Lesson: I Corinthians 13, read by SIR JOHN MILLS , CBE Anthem: Valiant for Truth (Vaughan Williams, from The Pilgrim's 's Progress by John Bunyan )
Lesson: Lines from Lycidas by John Milton , read by DAME PEGGY ASHCROFT. DBE Lesson: The Holy Sonnet 'Death Be Not Proud', read by SIR JOHN GIELGUD. CH Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Address given by SIR ALEC GUINNESS, CBE
Extract from Act IV of Henry V, by Laurence Olivier Hymn: Jerusalem
Prayers led by the Rev Alan Luff , Precentor
Anthem: Dirge for Fidele
(Vaughan Williams, words from Cymbeline by William Shakespeare )
Prayers led by the Rev Colin Semper , Canon in Residence The Blessing
Anthem: Coronation Te Deum (Walton, arr Palmer)
The service is sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey with the London Brass. Harp: Jane Lister Organist: Andrew Lumsden
The music is directed by Martin Neary , organist and master of the choristers of Westminster Abbey Sound BARRIE HAWES
Lighting PETER GREENYER Television presentation TIMOTHY MARSHALL
(Highlights tonight at 11.20pm) • FEATURE: page 18
• BARRY NORMAN : page 23


Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: David Dimbleby
Unknown: Michael Maine.
Read By: Albert Finney
Read By: Sir John Mills
Unknown: John Bunyan
Unknown: John Milton
Read By: Dame Peggy Ashcroft.
Read By: Sir John Gielgud.
Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: Alan Luff
Unknown: William Shakespeare
Unknown: Colin Semper
Harp: Jane Lister
Organist: Andrew Lumsden
Directed By: Martin Neary
Unknown: Timothy Marshall
Unknown: Barry Norman

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