It is strange how your understanding of a play changes. It normally happens after a performance and you suddenly think, 'So that's what that line really means' - it's like a light going on.
If you are feeling something, then Shakespeare felt it and wrote about it - and wrote about it so eloquently.
In my whole career, in fact, I can remember only two first nights when a show was at its peak on the first night. And I just wish we could devise a system where critics came not on a single evening but were given a choice of performances to attend.
A live audience with live reactions feeds a different sort of acting that will then inform your film work, and vice versa.
As a young actor, I worked with Kevin McNally and have always thought him brilliant.
Music has always been profoundly important to me.
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