He alternated in the roles of Richard II and Bolingbroke in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Ian Richardson (alternating Richard II and Bolingbroke) and David Suchet in the cast. John Barton was director.
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Long and distinguished stage career. First professional appearance was in 1943. Worked extensively with the English Stage Company at the Royal Court in the 1950s, with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1969, and at the National Theatre from 1987 to 1994.