Vale Paul Scofield ~ theatre notes

Friday, March 21, 2008

Vale Paul Scofield

Paul Scofield, 21 January 1922 – 19 March 2008. I was saddened today to hear of the death of this consummate actor. He eschewed the celebrity of his vocation, turning down a knighthood three times with the comment: "If you want a title, what’s wrong with Mr?" Of course, he'll be most widely remembered for his film work, especially his role as Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons and his shattering performance in Peter Brook's film of King Lear. But I do regret that I never had the chance to see him on stage.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

BBC's Arena program recently did a wonderful documentary on Paul Scofield with commentary by John Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave, Nicolas Hytner and Richard Eyre. It can be viewed in six 10-minute chunks on Search using the keyword "Paul Scofield."