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Ian Richardson Dies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0146  Thursday, 15 February 2007

[1] 	From: 	Arthur Lindley <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 18:37:00 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies

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	Date: 	Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 16:50:56 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies

[3] 	From: 	Mary Rosenberg <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 10:58:16 -0800
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From: 		Arthur Lindley <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 18:37:00 +0000
Subject: 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies

Until shortly before his death, Ian Richardson was appearing in the 
National Theatre's production of *The Alchemist,* giving a sly and 
inventive reading of Sir Epicure Mammon as a kind of pedant of gluttony, 
lecturing the other characters on the particularly revolting delicacies 
required by a taste as delicate as his.  I'm glad I had a chance to see 
it.  Better to remember a distinguished career that way than the way CNN 
did.  They headlined his obituary "Actor in Mustard Ad Dies."  Grey 
Poupon has a lot to answer for.  So does Ted Turner.

Regards,
Arthur

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Date: 		Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 16:50:56 -0500
Subject: 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies

My memory is of Richardson, early in his career (1962), as Edmund in the 
Peter Brook *King Lear* (from which the movie developed); he is still 
vivid in my mind's eye, sitting on the apron of the Shubert Theater 
stage in Boston, swinging his legs and making us all deeply complicit in 
his schemes. Pretty vivid exit, too-dragged off the otherwise empty 
stage by his brother, feet first, arms trailing, while the lights slowly 
dimmed for the first time in the performance, and the only sound was the 
shhh----shhh---shhh of his garments on the floor.

David Evett

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Date: 		Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 10:58:16 -0800
Subject: 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0141 Ian Richardson Dies

I, too, regret the passing of Ian Richardson. During my years as a young 
theatre-goer at Stratford, I was always impressed by his tremendous 
stage presence. Although physically slight, he could command a stage 
simply by standing still. Every gesture was well-judged and meaningful, 
never fussy or fidgety. He was always noticeable without seeking to draw 
attention to himself. He was also cherished among the local people who 
used to talk of seeing him carrying his shopping bag out of the 
supermarket at weekends just like "one of us." He was a fine actor and 
will be greatly missed.

Mary Rosenberg

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