Maggie told author and critic Robert Hayman, “I think of Robert as an actor when we’re working, and not as my husband. But I can see that it’s easier for an audience to watch two people who are married playing two characters who are married. It’s all done for you”.
For his part, Robert told Hayman that their work on stage was never staled by custom or familiarity. “I’m always constantly surprised by Margaret. There are certain actors and actresses with whom you can never vary anything… But I wouldn’t say that I knew beforehand the way in which Margaret was going to speak some line. I’m constantly dazzled by a different reading or a different approach to a line”. - Michael Coveney, “Maggie Smith: A Bright Particular Star”