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Black Tragedian, The

Synopsis
Television documentary first shown on the digital Community Channel. Documentary recording the life of Ira Aldridge, a 19th-century black American Shakespearean actor who also worked in Britain, taking his first role at the Royal Coburg (later the Old Vic).
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
20 Feb 2004 at 16:00 (Channel: Community Channel)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
No distributor found (2006)

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Black actors; Aldridge, Ira (1807-1867)

Notes

General
An account of Aldridge’s career and the prejudices he faced in the United Kingdom is given at http://www.100greatblackbritons.com/bios/ira_aldridge.html

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