The Theater: Shakespeare on Wheels

When Margaret Webster was three years old, her mother, the late Dame May Whitty, used to read her to sleep with Shakespeare. Those words have been ringing in Miss Webster's ears ever since.

This week the U.S. theater's most successful director of Shakespeare's works (sample feat: she made a hit of the Maurice Evans Hamlet in the uncut version, running 4½ hours) is launching her most ambitious Shakespearean venture. She is sending out a motorized touring company to play Shakespeare on a scale—and with financial assurance—unprecedented by any other troupe of Broadway caliber.

The Webster company, traveling in a bus, a truck and...

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