Title: As Luck Would Have It
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30 ‘Hamlet, played by Derek I, Claudius Jacobi’. 31 Enter Richard II. 32 A marriage proposal. There were few disadvantages in being so well favoured from the start. I might certainly claim that I’ve been ‘dogged’ by good luck, so maybe that’s my misfortune, and the huge obstacles to overcome that most people have to face to make their way in the world – I’ve had very few of these. Heartbreaks yes, but that seriously – as we shall see – is another matter.
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Breakthrough: Derek Jacobi as Claudius in the 1976 BBC adaptation of I, Claudius. After graduating, Jacobi joined Laurence Olivier’s company at the National Theatre and understudied him in Congreve’s Love For Love. One night when Olivier was ill, Jacobi had to go on instead. Olivier, however, took to him in a big way, offering him tips on acting and even referring to him as ‘my third son’. Onwards and upwards he went. Along the way, Jacobi developed quite a line in playing stammerers - something that would catapult him to telly stardom in 1976 when he appeared in I, Claudius. Both Ronnie Barker and - even more improbably - Charlton Heston turned down the part and, none too enthusiastically, the producers approached Jacobi.
Derek Jacobi has worked nonstop throughout his career, starring in roles including the lead in I, Claudius, the monk detective Cadfael, Hitler in Inside The Third Reich and Francis Bacon in the controversial Love Is The Devil. But it is his numerous Shakespearean roles that have gained him worldwide recognition. He is the only actor, apart from Sir Laurence Olivier, to have the honour of holding two knighthoods, Danish and English.
I met Mr Cummings at some function years later and ‘You’ve done all right for yourself, Jacobi!’ was what he said: just like that – ‘Jacobi!’ But he was more than pleased to see me again, and to know me. Grandpa and Grandma were always a benign presence in my early existence, but it was one that could not go on forever. We went down the corridor to see Grandma to tell her. I was there with Mum and Dad, Uncle Henry and Auntie Hilda. We stood looking at Grandma, wondering how she would take it. I remember Grandma just saying, ‘I know, I know. He came to say goodbye. I could feel Mum jerk a little and pull herself together as she stifled her tears. Grandma died a few weeks later. I knew that these wonderful close family relatives my good fortune had brought me would not last forever. I wonder now how they could have lived and died in such proximity to each other.
Funny, warm and honest, Jacobi brings us his insider’s view on the world of acting. Download from icerbox. eBooks & eLearning.
Sir Derek Jacobi has been a favourite actor of mine ever since I saw him in the BBC production of Shakespeare's Richard II. His autobiography "As Luck Would Have It" is as warm and as sweet as you would expect from this lovely man. He is open and honest about his career and his personal problems, but at no point does he invite you to feel sorry for him. It's very much "this is me; this is what happened". No excuses and no bullshit. As Luck Would Have It" is also chock-a-block with delightful theatrical anecdotes and bon mots. I was reduced to helpless giggles many times during my reading of the book. In many ways "As Luck Would Have It" is a throwback to the old style of theatrical memoir.
In this audiobook extract, Derek recounts his time spent at Cambridge. Being a rather shy character and finding it hard to be away from home, this touching and personal reading shows Derek in a light we wouldn't normally associate him with. He talks of Cambridge, making his acting debut in AmDram, new friends, falling in love and sadly losing a great love. This audiobook is, however, much more than a career record. Funny, warm and honest, Jacobi brings us his insider’s view on the world of acting.
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