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Past Images of the Month - November 2012

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Edmund Kean (1785?-1833) actor and one of the great figures in British theatre history. Engraving from a drawing by Samuel Cousins, 1814. Following his sensational debut at Drury Lane as Shylock on 26 January 1814, he was so popular with audiences that he played 3 times a week for many seasons there, alternating his great roles of Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Lear and many other non Shakespearean parts. A controversial figure because of his private life, his health failed and he died 15 May 1833, at his house in Richmond and was buried in Richmond Parish Churchyard aged only 48. The playbill of 5 March 1814 announced "The demand for Boxes and Places for Mr KEAN's next Performances continuing to encrease [sic] beyond all former example, he will repeat the Part of King Richard every Monday and Shylock every Thursday till further notice."

Edmund Kean (1785?-1833) actor and one of the great figures in British theatre history. Engraving from a drawing by Samuel Cousins, 1814. Following his sensational debut at Drury Lane as Shylock on 26 January 1814, he was so popular with audiences that he played 3 times a week for many seasons there, alternating his great roles of Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Lear and many other non Shakespearean parts. A controversial figure because of his private life, his health failed and he died 15 May 1833, at his house in Richmond and was buried in Richmond Parish Churchyard aged only 48. The playbill of 5 March 1814 announced "The demand for Boxes and Places for Mr KEAN's next Performances continuing to encrease [sic] beyond all former example, he will repeat the Part of King Richard every Monday and Shylock every Thursday till further notice."

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