Camp and blood-drenched, Peter O'Toole’s baseball-booted Macbeth proved mannah for the critics. “Chances are he likes the play, but O'Toole’s performance suggests that he is taking some kind of personal revenge on it,” wrote Robert Cushman. “He delivers every line with a monotonous tenor bark as if addressing an audience of deaf Eskimos,” wrote Michael Billington. O’Toole reflected: “I came unstuck, publicly and bloodily. Public crucifixion is no fun. My nose is bleeding as I think of it.” Yet audiences packed the stalls for the spectacle. “It took many months but we did get it right,” O’Toole claimed.