Top 26 Richard McCabe Quotes of 2020

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“If you are feeling something, then Shakespeare felt it and wrote about it – and wrote about it so eloquently.”

― Richard McCabe

“It is strange how your understanding of a play changes. It normally happens after a performance and you suddenly think, ‘So that’s what that line really means’ – it’s like a light going on.”

― Richard McCabe

“In my whole career, in fact, I can remember only two first nights when a show was at its peak on the first night. And I just wish we could devise a system where critics came not on a single evening but were given a choice of performances to attend.”

― Richard McCabe

“Experience tells us that whereas that degree of recognition can happen for one or two actors, for the vast majority it doesn’t, so what matters is to try and be a better actor.”

― Richard McCabe

“A live audience with live reactions feeds a different sort of acting that will then inform your film work, and vice versa.”

― Richard McCabe

“What’s odd is that I’ve never been asked to do any comedy in film. That’s something I could certainly do.”

― Richard McCabe

“It’s funny: I can never sleep between shows; I think it’s because I don’t like to switch the motor off. I’ll probably have some chicken or pasta, though never the two together, and maybe go out for a quick wander around.”

― Richard McCabe

“As a young actor, I worked with Kevin McNally and have always thought him brilliant.”

― Richard McCabe

“I don’t think I have had a big break, although joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986 opened up new horizons.”

― Richard McCabe

“It is the nature of the business that you work unsociable, unpredictable hours and can get called away at a moment’s notice to somewhere on the other side of the world. This can put a strain on home and personal life.”

― Richard McCabe

“Music has always been profoundly important to me.”

― Richard McCabe

“I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art because it was the only drama school the social worker had ever heard of. Luckily, I got in at the first attempt.”

― Richard McCabe

“I adored being at the RSC and working on the verse and getting the iambic pentameter right. You just skim across the surface, and the speech is over before you know it. You can just ride along on the music of it.”

― Richard McCabe

“I started with the piano-accordion and rebelled against it, but I could not afford piano lessons.”

― Richard McCabe

“Theatre is what I’ve always done, really, especially with the RSC, but I do bits and pieces on TV.”

― Richard McCabe

“I had a schoolmaster who was a supernumerary at Glyndebourne Opera, and through ,I got a job as a walk-on in Peter Hall’s production of ‘Don Giovanni’ there in 1975 or 1976.”

― Richard McCabe

“It’s funny: what one tends to think of as the best work you’ve done is not what other people think is the best you’ve done.”

― Richard McCabe

“I worked as a clerical assistant at the Department of Health and Social Security for about three months before I went to drama school.”

― Richard McCabe

“It’s a great luxury to have the writer with you on a new play because you can write and re-write, just trying to get the arc of the story, of their relationship right.”

― Richard McCabe

“Just observing – that’s the best skill of all for an actor!”

― Richard McCabe

“In ‘Notting Hill,’ I was part of a whole plot line over six scenes that was completely taken out. That was rather depressing.”

― Richard McCabe

“For me, this profession is about having a career where you can go on working for 60 years, so I’m not particularly bothered by things to do with fame; I like to think that I just do what I do.”

― Richard McCabe

“Sometimes I look at Helen Mirren on stage and think, ‘You really are the Queen.’ You see people bowing to her at the stage door!”

― Richard McCabe

“In England, I’m known for playing villains.”

― Richard McCabe

“There’s a mythical status to the Tony Awards. When you’re growing up as an actor, you hear about Broadway and the Tonys, but it’s not something you ever expect to experience.”

― Richard McCabe

“Broadway has a lot more razzle-dazzle than the West End. In terms of the everyday work routine, it’s not different, but there’s a cachet about Broadway that lends itself to more anticipation among audiences.”

― Richard McCabe
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