Celebration Quotation – March 27, 2016
Happy Easter! Today’s quote is from Hamlet:
The actor in this engraved portrait (published in 1887) is Henry Irving (1838-1905). Irving was one of the most celebrated actor-managers of the Victorian era, and the very first actor to ever be offered a knighthood. Irving worked to the very last day of his life: he suffered a stroke on stage at the end of a touring performance of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Becket – he was carried to a nearby hotel, and died shortly thereafter.
You can hear an 1898 recording of Irving delivering the opening speech in Shakespeare’s Richard III on YouTube. Find it here.
If you’re a Hamlet fan – or want to know more about the play and its history – there’s an awesome website dedicated to all things Hamlet, including profiles of a number of actors (including Irving) who played the “Melancholy Dane” – worth a look, if you have a chance!
Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection