Bentley, Eric
May 1952
New Republic;5/26/52, Vol. 126 Issue 21, p22
This article presents information on plays of William Shakespeare directed by Anthony Quayle. It was the achievement of the Stratford, England director, Quayle, to try and present the history plays as history. Instead of shaky substitutes for tragedy and comedy, a national epic unfolds before everyone. It was the achievement of the actor at Stratford, Harry Andrews, to show with how much subtlety this simple action is filled out and with how much "shock'' one element is brought up against another. To judge from the opening scene of "Richard II" the man is fiery and explosive and proud. In the second part of "Henry IV," it is amazing how he gains grandeur as he loses confidence, by dignity in failure he enters into a kind of glory. If Quayle showed that he could use his actors to register such dialectical effects as these, he showed also that he could exact the maximum from his designer.


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