Print

Sir Henry Irving as Hamlet

ca.1883 (printed)

unknown

Height: 13.9 cm, Width: 10.4 cm

S.3735-2013 T&P

Print of the statue created by Edward Onslow Ford (1852-1901), showing the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) in the role of Hamlet, ca.1883

Print of the statue created by Edward Onslow Ford (1852-1901), showing the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) in the role of Hamlet.

Print of the statue created by Edward Onslow Ford (1852-1901), showing the actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) in the role of Hamlet, ca.1883. Henry Irving (1838-1905) first played the title role of Hamlet by William Shakespeare in 1874. Produced under the management of H. L. Bateman, Irving brought a simplicity to the role, avoiding the contrived point-making and artifice of earlier actors. The new approach found an appreciative audience, and played for 200 nights consecutively. Irving revived the role four years later in a production of the play which inaugurated his management of the Lyceum Theatre, London, and his acting partnership with Ellen Terry (1847-1928), who played Ophelia. Irving was painted in the role by Edwin Longsden Long (1829-1891) in 1880 and a scultpure of the actor was created by Edward Onslow Ford (1852–1901) in 1883.

Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

Location: In Storage

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