Containing Multitudes Since 2004
This is Albert Finney recreating his Broadway (or London) stage performance in Luther, right? I remember seeing (what I now know thanks to Google is) the TV version with Robert Shaw in 1967.
is this the tv version with Robert Shaw?
Nein. This is from the George Devine Memorial gala/benefit at the Royal Court Theatre in 1966. Everybody . . . and I mean, everybody was present that night; either onstage or in the audience. So much so that it was literally one of those scenarios where if a A-bomb had been dropped on the Royal Court, everyone of any consequence in contemporary British Theater (actors, directors, playwrights, journalists, critics; you name 'em and they were there) would have been wiped out in an instant.
I was blessed to attend a similar evening in, I think, 1975, as a H.S. student on a school trip. It was "Tribute to the Lady," a gala farewell to the Old Vic. Gielgud, Finney, Ashcroft...in the house, among others, Sybil Thorndike.Olivier, absent due to illness, characteristically upstaged all those present as his image as Henry V was projected while a recording was played. And so while everyone else was seen aged and life-sized, Olivier was present in his prime, twice life-sized and amplified.
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