The Theater: Toppled King/Torn Mind

The enterprising Brooklyn Academy of Music (TIME, Jan. 14) is currently enlivening the borough with a four-month British Theater Season. With a flare of trumpets, a skirl of bagpipes and a welcoming speech from London-born, Brooklyn-bred New York City Mayor Abraham Beame, the Royal Shakespeare Company inaugurated the season with Richard II and Sylvia Plath.

It is the U.S. debut for the R.S.C., which ranks second only to the National Theater (originally the Old Vic) in prestige among British repertory companies. Some London drama critics even prefer it to the older troupe. Playgoers' expectations were high, perhaps too high. While these two...

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