Michael Billington, already going strong on the Guardian, declared that he would remember the sounds of the daggers rattling in Macbeth's shaking hands after the murder of Duncan "until his dying day".This isn't the usual loftily detached voice of English criticism, and I have lost count of the number of people over the years who have told me that the production, starring Ian Mc Kellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as his wife, was the most unforgettable Shakespeare they had ever witnessed. I'd just started as a cub reporter on the Surrey Advertiser when it opened, and in the mundane rush of reporting on magistrates' courts and parish council meetings, it somehow passed me by.When my parents came to it, I can remember standing up — and I can also remember somebody at the side of the stage saying, ' Get down! ' My first critic." But her dream, as an adolescent, was to be a theater designer, and she trained to be one for years until one particular trip to the theater changed her life."I went to see a production of She landed her first acting job at the Old Vic, where she worked from 1957 until 1961, and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and acted with it in Stratford and London for the next 20 years, during which she became one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation "doing the whole canon of Shakespeare, really." The work of the Bard has always held great appeal to her: "That was the best I could possibly imagine it could be," she said.The witty 12-minute short follows Judi’s character Mary as she and her friend Linda (Penny Ryder) try to navigate the rules and protocols of online dating. "The pride of the English theatre at the moment is the Royal Shakespeare Company and the pride of the Royal Shakespeare Company is its production of Macbeth," wrote Robert Cushman in the New York Times.Ian Mc Kellen will give us his long awaited King Lear, once again directed by Nunn, while Judi Dench is to play Mistress Quickly in a new musical version of The Merry Wives of Windsor.But back to that historic Macbeth, which I hope you have already freed from its cellophane sarcophagus.
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Under artistic director Michael Boyd the RSC is making confident steps in the right direction, and this mammoth undertaking should create exactly the right spirit of ensemble, ambition and common purpose.
It seems both significant, and touching, that both the great stars of the 1976 Macbeth are returning to the company 30 years on.