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For many years, the great Shakespearean actor Henry Irving ran the Lyceum theatre, overseeing every detail of the productions himself. While rehearsing the fight sequences between the Capulets and Montagues in Romeo and Juliet one day, a group of young actors, anxious to impress the great man, threw themselves energetically into their roles, leaping, grappling, wrestling, and clashing swords in the name of realism.

Irving watched their antics for several minutes before halting the proceedings. "Very good, gentlemen, very good," he declared, "but please, don't fidget."

[Irving's work later earned him a knighthood (the first ever awarded to a thespian).]

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