He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Maggie Smith, Billie Whitelaw, and Joyce Redman in the cast. John Dexter was director.
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Sir Derek Jacobi
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It's as though you have crossed Niagara on a tightrope 250 times and, on the 251st crossing---vertigo. You are convinced you can't move across the stage without falling over. You go rigid from the knees down. You suddenly wonder, why am I doing this? I knew I'd got to get through a whole season, three spanking parts, and that if I ran away, I would never act on stage again. It was that knowledge ...
He was awarded the 1989 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for the play, "Byron-Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know," in the American Premiere in the Centre Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre production at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California .