I have finally read Derek Jacobi's autobiography which I bought in 2013 at a signing session at the National Theatre. When we finally got to the front of the queue, he threw his head back and declaimed in his best theatrical tone: "Good evening, gentlemen!"
I wish the book was as larger-than-life but it is infuriatingly placid; it's impersonal tone might be because it's ghosted, you can almost hear the click of the tape recorder at the end of each chapter.
Born and raised in wartime Essex, cosseted by his devoted mother and father, at times you wish he was given more of a hard time by life. Oxford led to Birmingham Rep and later Olivier's National Theatre at the Old Vic.
I CLAUDIUS brought stardom and there have been more theatre and television successes but nothing here gives you insight into how it feels to live it.