He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Cheryl Campbell, Denys Hawthorne, Jason Durr, Christopher Ravenscroft, Michael Siberry, Adrian Lukis, and Emily Richard in the cast. Adrian Noble was director.
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Sir Derek Jacobi
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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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 ...
In 1963, when Jacobi auditioned for Britain's just-forming National Theatre, Olivier hired him as an understudy and spear-carrier. Luckily for Jacobi, the actor he was understudying. Jeremy Brett
got the call to Hollywood, and Jacobi inherited all his parts.