British acting legend and former Labour politician Glenda Jackson made a triumphant return to the Broadway stage after three decades away.
The 81-year-old actress portrays an elderly woman looking back at her life in Edward Albee play, Three Tall Women, which co-stars Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill.
Every night, enthusiastic fans greet Jackson to the stage door. “We get an amazing response from the audience”, explains the actress. “They are waiting outside in the cold to tell you how much they enjoyed it.”
Glenda Jackson has been in part pulled Three rounds of the Women because the cast is all women.
“The opportunity to work with two other actresses is really very rare,” she said. “Contemporary playwrights don’t find women interesting. They have rarely, if ever, are the dramatic engine of anything. Therefore, it is a pleasure to have just the three of us on stage.”
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It also took note of the #MeToo movement, which she is not revealing anything new.
“If you speak of this kind of sudden shock that women are victims of violence, I find that disconcerting,” Jackson said.
“In the Uk, two women die each week from their partners, usually male.
“I don’t remember see that on the first few pages of each week. So, this idea that women abuse is limited to certain activities, certain sections of the society, is a non-absolute sense.”
The actress, who is, frankly, his opinions began to work professionally in 1957.
She won Oscars for her work in two films, Women in Love, 1971, and A Touch of Class, three years later. But she stopped playing and ran for Parliament in 1992, as a Job candidate, win a seat in the north of London.
She remained an MP for 23 years before retiring in 2015.
Firmly to the left of its point of view, Jackson was for a long time by a strong animosity towards Margaret Thatcher and her conservative policies.
Is no longer active on the political level, it nevertheless continues to observe the political scene while she is temporarily living and working in President Trump is America.
Jackson believes Mr. Trump will be around for some time.
“I think he’s going to almost undoubtedly run for a second term,” she said, but she did not want to be drawn on how she feels about the idea.
“I am a visitor in this country. So, I’m going to skip that one.”
For New York audiences, the focus has not been on Glenda Jackson’s politics, but his performance. With his return to New York after 30 years of absence is considered a major event.
“I imagine that it will win the Tony Award for best actress in a play,” said the veteran of New York theatre columnist Michael Riedel.
“I think the world of the theatre, is glad that Glenda Jackson is back, and the performance in this great game has a price written on it.”
It could be held in very high esteem and have a career spanning over half a century, but it was still incredibly nervous. Acting to do not have been less difficult for her as she gets older.
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” she said. “Without a doubt, my best performance was the first that I’ve ever given because I was blessed with total ignorance. Each performance is now a life and death situation and that doesn’t get any easier.”
Each evening, after the curtain falls Jackson fans wait at the stage door seeking autographs and selfies. The actress obliges, but she doesn’t see herself as a celebrity. She asks that people don’t recognise it in the street.
“Not at all, not at all,” she said. “They are not anywhere, why would they?”
Glenda Jackson has no intention of retiring. For her, this decision is in the hands of others.
“If nobody asks me to do something, I’ll be retired,” she said, adding that she knows that she has been “very, very lucky”.
2016 Jackson received rave reviews for playing King Lear, in London, his first stage role after leaving politics.
Now, American critics are lavish him with praises for his contribution to the current New York theatre season.
“Remarkable,” “monumental””, “electrifying” are just some of the words used by the critics with her performance in Three Tall Women. On his return from New York could not have been better.