Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:56 AM
His later stage appearances somewhat marred for me by his apparent purchase of ill-fitting false teeth which made his speech distractingly sibiliant.
Just by the way, as we are correcting spelling mistakes elsewhere, I think the correct spelling is Trouper, derived from theatrical "troupe" rather than from "troop" which only has the military meaning.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:19 PM
Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:17 PM
I never thought he was quite as good in Shakespeare as was generally thought, but he was still good and obviously much better than (say) Richard Wilson. It is tough for a famous sitcommer to make the switch because it is very difficult for the audience (myself included) to disassociate him/her from their TV role, although many have the ambition, I remember Terry Scott turning to the classics late in his life. One problem seems to be status, they want (or are obliged) to play the leading roles but in reality they'd be much better in some of the supporting parts - in the Tempest Briers should have been Gonzalo not Prospero. In Peter Sallis' stunningly tedious autobiography he tells how in Much Ado based on how much they were paying him they made him play Dogberry (miscast) when he wanted to play Verges.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:14 PM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:01 PM
Best Polonius. Brill Malvolio.
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