(from the Guardian, 6/5; via Pam Green.)

1. He’ll be returning to the West End with Patrick Stewart in Pinter’s No Man’s Land

You hear it here first. No Man’s Land will tour the UK and play in London in the summer of 2016. The script is sensationally speakable, and although it was a big success on Broadway I think the play with its references to cricket and the class system properly belongs in England.

2. If acting hadn’t worked out, he had other career options

Either a chef, a journalist, or a teacher. Had I done any of these I would have probably retired by now.

3. He always wanted to play an elderly Mercutio, but Derek Jacobi pipped him to the post

If I were to do another Shakespeare play I hope it would be at the RSC, which is thriving under the directorship of Greg Doran. I’ve always wanted to play an elderly Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and a close friend of mine of similar age has got there first.


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