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Two Shakespearean Actors

Synopsis
Video recording of the play by Richard Nelson staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Nelson gives an account of the rivalry between two great 18th century actors, one quintessentially American (Edwin Forrest), the other quintessentially British (Macready). Nelson dramatises the events that led to New York’s Astor Place riots in May 1849 in which some 30 people died when competing productions of Macbeth drove an America First mob to break up Macready’s performance.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Credits

Director
Roger Michell
Writer
Richard Nelson
Music
Jeremy Sams
Production Design
Alex Byrne
Cast
Alfred Burke 
Andrew Havill 
Anthony Skordi 
Anton Lesser 
Arnold Yarrow 
Bill McGuirk 
Callum Dixon 
Catherine White 
Ciaran Hinds 
Dominic Mafham 
George Anton 
George Raistrick 
Georgiana Dacombe 
John Bott 
John Carlisle 
John Warnaby 
Ken Shorter 
Mary Chater 
Michael Bott 
Michael Gardiner 
Paul Jesson 
Penny Jones 
Polly Kemp 
Rowena King 
Simon Austin 
Stephen Casey 
Trevor Martin 
Vincent Regan 
Yolanda Vazquez 

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW
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