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Acting masterclass, yet no triumph

Dec 19, 2018 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

Iwould gladly walk barefoot in sackcloth to the Holy Land to see Simon Russell Beale perform Shakespeare if so required. He's one of our finest Shakespearean actors - and, heading towards 60, with Prospero recently behind him, there's not much left in the canon to exercise his remarkable wits.

So it's no trial to make the pilgrimage to the Almeida to subject oneself to the patchy, ostentatiously truncated Richard II wherein Beale has landed himself for the midwinter season. The evening - a...