Between 1972-9 he toured with the Prospect Theatre as Buckingham in "Richard III", Sir Andrew Aguecheek in "Twelfth Night", the title role in Chekhov's "Ivanov", and the title role in "Pericles", Cecil Vyse in "A Room with a View" based on the novel by 'EM Forster', the title role in "Hamlet", Octavius in "Anthony and Cleopatra...
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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 ...
Played "Hamlet" opposite Timothy West
and, later, John Turner
as "Claudius" in the Prospect Theatre Company productions. He would later direct Kenneth Branagh
in the title role, before appearing as "Claudius" in the film production directed by Branagh.