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Young actors learning their craft the hard way is a well-established theatrical tradition.

Sir Henry Irving, Britain's first theatrical knight, ran the Lyceum theatre, overseeing every detail of the productions himself. In 1882 he staged "Romeo and Juliet." A group of young actors, anxious to make their mark, threw themselves energetically into rehearsals for one of the fight sequences between Montagues and Capulets. There was much leaping, spinning, wrestling and clashing of swords as the young men gave their all in pursuit of realism.

Irving watched their cavortings patiently for several minutes before halting the proceedings with the observation:

"Very good, gentlemen, very good. But please--don't fidget ..."