The Theater: Old Plays in Manhattan, Nov. 5, 1956

Richard II brought London's Old Vic to Broadway after a ten-year absence. In 1946, with Laurence Olivier's Oedipus and to some degree Ralph Richardson's Falstaff, it provided some of the supreme theater memories of its time. During its present stay, the Old Vic must attempt new victories; for Broadway, it is a cast of unknown names, except for cinema's Claire Bloom.

Richard II made a less reverberant opening flourish than did Henry IV in 1946. A step backward from Henry in English history, it is also a step or two downward in Shakespearean art....

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