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This is the great (1978) Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Trevor Nunn, with a thrillingly brilliant performance by McKellen in the title role, and also featuring an unforgettable performance by Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. It's as close as I've ever seen anyone come to a definitive production of the play. And, needless to say, I can't recommend it highly enough to any admirer of Shakespeare or Mr. McKellen (or Ms. Dench).
As an interesting side-note, Laurence Olivier did a legendary stage 'Macbeth' as well, but his by-all-accounts magnificent performance (listed by countless critics, theatre historians, and fellow actors as one of his very finest) is sadly lost to the ages because Olivier was unable raise the requisite funding to make a once-planned film version of it. Hard to believe, eh, with all the mediocre and mindless cinema that HAS been funded over the years?!
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Cannot get enough watching, listening or reading about Shakespeare. Look forward to any later (or previous) work from actors,directors, critics, historians on the inexhaustible... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pierre C. Ruette
this is absolutely amazing. Amazing for the many characters that Ian McKellen plays, with so much insight and humanity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by patricia friedson
I love how McKellen finds creative ways to speak Shakespearean lines and make them sound more natural and compelling than what I hear in my mind when I simply read the plays. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Margaret Anderson
Ian McKellen is the best Shakespearian actor ever. His readings on this CD are magicalPublished 11 months ago by L. Hornak
And we have fun watching.
Ian McKellen is a one man show with minimalist back ground on stage. Read more