As we like it

By Denis Welch In Culture

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29th May, 2004
The curtain rises on an empty stage. A door opens and we see the back of a crutch-supported figure in a green doublet. After the first roar of welcome, he turns, limps towards us, and takes us into his confidence. "Now is the winter of our discontent ..." Thus Isobel Andrews in the Listener in October 1948, still in raptures over Richard III. England's Old Vic Company had just completed a fabulously successful tour of New Zealand, performing Shakespeare and Sheridan for Kiwis starved of European culture after the long shutout of World War II. People had waited in queues for up ...

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