A biography of ira alridge and his role as shakespearean actor

Inwhen Ira was only 18 years old, he went to England with the Wallacks. Pierre Francois Laporte arranged for Aldridge to come on April 10, and perform in his Covent Garden for a few days.

First black Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge honoured

This is a copy of the playbill. Daniel desperately wanted to send Ira to theological school. Brown playing a character called Pat O'Callahan and a Mr. For the last 15 years of his life he toured the Continent with great success, spending much time in Russia.

The audience could Covent Garden Playbill feel every beat of his heart. It was as usual a success and returned to England in for a provincial tour.

The New York Clipper reported them as "A more incorrigible set of cusses we never saw; they beat our Bowery gods all to pieces. This is a copy of the playbill. By this time he was world famous, but success on the London stage continued to elude him.

He was always popular with audiences who found his physical acting style exciting, and his appearance powerful and exotic. This review appeared in a newspaper in St Petersburg, where he performed 31 times in a month.

In he remarried to Countess Amanda von Brandt of Sweden.

Ira Aldridge, Shakespearean actor and gentleman of colour

They had four more children: He was sued by acouple of their husbands. Shortly before his death he was apparently ready to consider a return to America.

She died in He also used his fame to call for the ending of the Maafa slavery. Aldridge bought 5 Hamlet Road, in the prosperous suburbs of Upper Norwood, London in —2 shortly before becoming a naturalised British citizen in The Ira Aldridge Troupe tried to pirate that piracy, and, in collaboration with its audience, turn minstrelsy to its own ends.

Aldridge spent most of his final years with his family in Russia and continental Europe, interspersed with occasional visits to England. Ira Aldridge, the African Roscius.

He was on the road most of the year. When Aldridge suffered racial abuse from critics in London, he hardly ever replied to these attacks. The Black Doctor is a romantic play about Fabian, a bi-racial physician, and his patient Pauline, the daughter of a French aristocrat.

Daniel desperately wanted to send Ira to theological school. Irene Luranah Pauline Aldridge, — For the last 15 years of his life he toured the Continent with great success, spending much time in Russia. Now of an appropriate age, about this time, he played the title role of King Lear in England for the first time.

After three years abroad, he returned to England laden with medals, decorations and honors, but he still could not find regular engagements in London. Ira Frederick Olaff Aldridge, —?.Mar 16,  · The story of Ira Aldridge, a 19th-century black American actor who sought a stage career in Europe, is told in “Red Velvet,” a play coming to St.

Ann’s Warehouse. Ira Aldridge was an American actor who made his career on the London stage, largely as a result of his roles in Shakespeare. But he also toured the regions extensively and audiences across the.

Ira Aldridge was a 19th-century African-American actor who became a renowned actor of Shakespearean tragedy on the European stage.

He is the only actor of African-American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage honored with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. Ira Frederick Aldridge (July 24, – August 7, ) was an American and later British stage actor and playwright who made his career after largely on the London stage and in Europe, especially in Shakespearean roles.

Ira Aldridge: The Great Shakespearean Actor

The first black actor to play many of William Shakespeare's leading roles, Ira Aldridge took 19th-century London by storm when in he performed Othello in the city’s docklands. Ira Aldridge was the first black actor to play many of William Shakespeare's leading roles, although he was initially treated harshly in Britain.

Above left; Aldridge as Aaron in Titus Andronicus, c. Above right; A portrait of Ira Aldridge as Othello, painted by James Northcote in

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