He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in a National Theatre Production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ronald Pickup, Jeremy Brett, John Stride (Played Audrey), Charles Kay, Robert Stephens, and Oliver Cotton in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.
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Sir Derek Jacobi
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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I've been acting for 33 years. I've proved I can do it. So any performance now has got to be deeper and better than that, nothing to do with ego, bravura, look-at-me acting. That is an invitation to the audience to assess your ability, and it gets in the way. The object is to get past that and lose yourself in your belief in the person you are trying to create. To find something absolutely real. ...
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.