Black Sheep: The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson HB

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Black Sheep: The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson

Gabriel Hershman (Author)

Nicole Williamson performed with the RSC throughout his career. The featured image shows Nicole Williamson & Helen Mirren as Macbeth & Lady Macbeth from the 1974 RSC production of Macbeth.

Hardback: 288 pages
ISBN: 9780750983457
Dimensions:16 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm

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Once hailed by John Osborne as ‘the greatest actor since Brando’, latterly known as a ruined genius whose unpredictable, hellraising behaviour was legendary, Nicol Williamson always went his own way. Openly dismissive of ‘technical’ actors, or others who played The Bard as if ‘their finger was up their arse’, Williamson tore up the rule book to deliver a fast-talking canon of Shakespearean heroes, with portrayals marked by gut-wrenching passion. According to one co-star, Williamson was like a tornado on stage – ‘he felt he was paddling for his life’. Fiercely uncompromising, choosy about the roles he accepted, contemptuous of the ‘suits’ who made money from artists, and a perfectionist who never accepted second best from himself or others, Nicol sometimes alienated those around him. But even his detractors still acknowledge his brilliance. After an extraordinary career on both stage and screen, Williamson was burnt out as an actor by the age of 60. Yet, as Gabriel Hershman explains in this authorised biography, a premature end was perhaps inevitable for an actor who always went the extra mile in every performance.

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