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VIDEO FLASHBACK: 1965 Peter Sellers Mimics Laurence Olivier's Richard III Reciting The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night

Two days ago the London theatre community paid its annual tribute to one of the English language's finest actors, Sir Laurence Olivier, with the 40th Annual Olivier Awards.

So perhaps it's time to enjoy some affectionate ribbing of the great master.

In 1955, Olivier produced, directed, adapted and starred in his own film version of Shakespeare's RICHARD III, playing the bitter and deformed Duke of Gloucester who would stop at nothing to rise to the throne of England.

Even if you don't know the play, you may be familiar with its famous opening speech:

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.

Here's a taste of Olivier's take on the role.

Ten years later, in 1965, Beatlemania had become Britain's major export and the BBC honored their fame with a television special, "The Music of Lennon and McCartney." Music stars of the day like Peter and Gordon, Lulu, Henry Mancini and Marianne Faithfull took part, but the comedy highlight was Peter Sellers' brilliant spoof of Olivier's Richard, lending Elizabethan tones to the lyric of "A Hard Day's Night."

The entire program can be enjoyed below.

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