Tag Archives: Max Beerbohm
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Hamlet through Hoops?

Hamlet, Max Beerbohm famously wrote, is ‘a hoop through which every very eminent actor must, sooner or later, jump.’ By the same token King Lear is a mountain up which every very eminent actor must, sooner or later, climb. Many have made the ascent in recent years – Greg Hicks and Ian McKellen for the […]

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Quivering wreck: Max Beerbohm’s Shakespeare

Two of my favourite items among the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s many treasures are drawings by ‘the incomparable Max’, as Bernard Shaw called Max Beerbohm (1872-1976). Half-brother of the great actor manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Max was equally talented as a writer and as a visual artist. Although he wrote a brilliant novel, Zuleika Dobson, he […]

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