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I was in King Lear with Sir Tom Courtenay at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. In fact, that’s where I met my husband. I was playing Regan and he was playing Cornwall and together we fell in love plucking out Gloucester’s eyes. It was great fun. Everyone assumes that I was Cordelia because I’ve got blonde hair but I was Regan and they gave me a long auburn wig. It was great, good fun.
I think that’s an important part of art in general. Especially in literature, in stories, we play with eventualities that may put us through a lot of intense negative feelings – say, in horror films or tragedies as intense as King Lear – but we come out feeling richer. We’ve lived to the fullest, we’ve tested ourselves in these environments.
Novels are routinely denigrated when characters are not found to be likable. Is Raskolnikov likable? Is King Lear? The plethora of such naive readers testifies to a failure of imagination – the capacity to see into unfamiliar lives, motives, feelings – and this failure must, at least in part, be the failure of the teaching of literature in the schools.
Theater roles are written by the great masters. The greatest literature that you can possibly know are the theater roles like King Lear, Hamlet, and all of those great roles. So all you do is you dive into these unchallenged roles and see how far you can get, what kind of accolades you can get, and how good you can be in them. In movie roles, you can actually improve them by knowing a lot about your own stage technique, which helps a great deal in the cinema and how you can project inner humor even though the particular dialogue is not necessarily funny, but you can infuse it with humor.
I think William Shakespeare’s like a passport through your life: as a kid hearing about a play with fairies or witches or ghosts, you get excited by that possibility. Then later on you become interested in the psychology or the politics or the beauty of the language. You grow up with the plays. King Lear is one that I don’t feel grown up enough to do yet.
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up in a five-pound note. . . They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.