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By Andrew Gans
23 May 2012


Antony Sher in Macbeth


"One of Berkoff's star pupils in drama school was Antony Sher—who brought his Macbeth to New Haven in 2000. I've taken a few stabs at Macbeth myself, and I'm convinced it is among the most difficult roles ever written. Sher spoke the text beautifully—we believed his was a mind that could coin those extraordinary phrases and create those terrifying images. Among the many indelible moments that stay with me are his holding up the badge of Thane of Cawdor to Lady Macbeth like a child bringing a trophy home to his mommy, and his huddling with Seyton in some underground bunker like Hitler or Saddam Hussein—then nearly walking out of the theatre at the end of the 'tomorrow' speech—as if both actor and character had decided life was 'a tale told by and idiot, signifying nothing.'"

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