John Gielgud

On this date John Gielgud died (1904 – 2000).

In a letter to Frye in January 1935, Helen Kemp mentions having seen Gielgud’s Hamlet in London, a celebrated production which he also directed.  There is, of course, no recording of that performance, but the clip above is still very fitting: the elderly Gielgud in his last leading film role delivering Prospero’s Epilogue from The Tempest, featured in Peter Greenaway’s adaptation of the play, Prospero’s Books.

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