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Monday 3rd December 2007
Quote | PEGGY ASHCROFT

'In 1957, I saw Peggy Ashcroft in Cymbeline. The beauty and grace of Imogen was so overpowering, that I fancied it was all for my benefit alone. I had seen Dame Peggy up close, when I got her autograph and I knew she was, in life, old enough to be Imogen's mother. But from the back of the stalls, she was essential youth, in voice and gesture: I think I realised that Imogen is a great part but how did Ashcroft do it? This divinity was beyond what I knew of acting. It made no connection with my own clod-hopping efforts.'

Ian McKellen, quoting on his official website from a souvenir booklet for a performance of his one-man show, Acting Shakespeare, in 1986. This month marks the centenary of the great Dame Peggy Ashcroft who was born in Croydon on 22 December 1907.

 
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