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08 January 2019THE HONOURABLE AND DISHONOURABLE ART OF ACTING
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THE HONOURABLE AND DISHONOURABLE ART OF ACTING Malcolm Jones Tuesday 08 January 2019

Shakespeare described actors in Hamlet, writing ‘they are the abstract and brief chronicles of our time’. Actors tell stories that reflect the hopes and anxieties of our times from Oedipus Rex to Jerusalem. Often seen as rogues and vagabonds the road to respectability was a long and lively journey with some fascinating characters until the start of the 20th century established the actor as an ‘honourable’ profession and the great generation of actors emerged including John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans.