The Theatre: Revival: Feb. 15, 1937

Having praised Leslie Howard not at all and John Gielgud perhaps not enough for their Hamlets, New York critics last week gave the season's third major Shakespearean headliner his just due and then some. As Richard II, Maurice Evans was "thrilling and memorable" to the Herald Tribune, "triumphant" to the Times, "majestic" to the News. Not even the hallowed Edwin Booth, who last revived the role in Manhattan in 1878, could have asked for more. Actor Evans, a mellowed Britisher, trained for his latest royal part as Napoleon in St. Helena and the...

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