(Benedict Nightingale’s article appeared in the Times of London, 5/21.)

Great moments in theatre: McKellen’s Macbeth

Macbeth disintegrated pore by unwilling pore. A potentially great man had committed suicide of the soul.

The Other Place, Stratford, September 8, 1976

When Shakespeare’s Scots usurper has taken the stage I have usually found myself at odds with my fellow critics. They raved over Antony Sher’s Macbeth at Stratford, which I thought powerful but not introspective enough, and were lukewarm about Simon Russell Beale’s at the Almeida, which they agreed was introspective but didn’t think powerful enough. Yet there was consensus when Ian McKellen tackled the role in 1976.

via entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

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