The Theater: Old Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 12, 1956

Macbeth did not strikingly differ as a production from the Old Vic's competent, rather than brilliant, Richard II and Romeo and Juliet. But it so much more powerfully reverberated as a play as to offer greater rewards. And much of its strength lay in what had been the earlier productions' weakness—the title roles: despite limitations, Macbeth and his lady made a striking pair.

Any competent Macbeth may be expected to convey the rushing theater, the rising drama of the first three acts and the intense poetry of almost all the play. The Old Vic did both things and something more. It...

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