He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Malcolm Tierney, Kathrny Pogson, Heather Canning, Pete Postlethwaite, Jeffery Dench, Barbara Jefford, Rachel Gurney, Robert Eddison, David Rintoul, and Robert Swan in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.
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Sir Derek Jacobi
5' 8" (1.73 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. ...
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.