Richard II, Almeida Theatre, London, 10th December to 2nd February
Is there no Shakespearean role beyond Simon Russell Beale? For all his brilliance, he remains an unlikely heroic actor, yet he has triumphed as Hamlet and Benedick, Prospero and Iago, Timon of Athens and Macbeth, with powers of steely intelligence, critical acumen and glorious verse-speaking. While King Lear was just beyond him (too young), the villainous, sardonic Richard III—his performance was described by one critic as an unholy alliance of Père Ubu and Gertrude Stein—was easily within his range. The more…
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