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Harry H Corbet – the same who later played Steptoe and Son – was Macbeth. He was a complete unknown at the time. I have never forgotten this performance. Because we were studying Macbeth at school, our elderly, spinster literature teacher (who fancied herself ‘in love’ with Shakespeare) took us boarding school girls to see it.
From the first moment that HHC stepped on stage, we began to giggle. At first in total embarrassment. By the time of his death scene, the whole audience was in fits and clapped in high amusement as he died. I’ll never forget the look on our teacher’s, by then, dangerously puce face.
The more the poor man tried to be serious, the funnier he became. Perhaps, this was the moment when he discovered that comedy was to be his forte!
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