He acted in Ben Jonson's play, "The Alchemist," at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Edward Atienza, James Booth, Dora Bryan, Richard Kane, and John Standing in the cast. Peter Dews was director.
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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People sometimes come up to me to say, "You were so good as ....," and I think, "Oh, this time, please let it be Lear, or Prospero, or James Tyrone [in "Long Day's Journey into Night"]," but no, it's always, "I absolutely loved you as .... Lady Bracknell [in "The Importance of Being Earnest"]." (from a 2005 interview with CBC News)
He first appeared on stage at the Stratford Festival during its inaugural season in 1953, and remained closely associated with it until his retirement in 2005, at the age of 85. Over the years, he played numerous roles including Brutus, Macbeth, Hamlet, Falstaff, King Lear, and Prospero. He was said to be the first actor at Stratford to insist on delivering Shakespeare's lines in "pure, ...