The Theater: Bigger Than Life

London's drama critics, not noted for the fire of their enthusiasms, have found better reason in the last several weeks to use glowing adjectives than they often do in the course of a whole theatrical season. Objects of their eloquence: Sir Laurence Olivier's Macbeth at Stratford-on-Avon (scheduled to remain in the Stratford Festival repertory until season's end on Nov. 26) and Orson Welles's blank-verse adaptation of Moby Dick at London's Duke of York's Theater.

Olivier's return to the role of Macbeth, nearly 20 years after he first played it with the Old Vic, was hailed by the London Times's Harold Hobson as...

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