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Robert Lindsay, grumpy dad Ben Harper on BBC AMERICA’s My Family, has never lacked for respect as an actor. But in today’s Telegraph, theater critic Charles Spencer gives Mr. Lindsay the greatest praise you could give an actor, raving that his performance in the stage version of The Entertainer is “every bit Laurence Olivier’s equal.”

It is impossible to praise Lindsay’s magnificent star performance too highly. I’ve seen the 1950’s film of The Entertainer in which Laurence Olivier reprised his legendary Archie, and Lindsay is undoubtedly his equal while making the role entirely his own.

There is a wonderful nimbleness and neatness to his movements as he performs tricks with his hat and his cane, yet though you start off by chuckling, Lindsay crucially captures the characters coldness and sense of scorn for his audience so that laughter dies in the throat.

Congratulations to Mr. Lindsay! The Entertainer is currently playing at The Old Vic, which boasts Kevin Spacey as its artistic director.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.