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Two Shakespearean Actors

Synopsis
Video recording of the play by Richard Nelson directed by Jack O’Brien for the Cort Theatre, New York. 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. Videotaped for Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) by Richard Stucker.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
8 Feb 1992
Duration
147 mins

Credits

Director
Jack O’Brien
Writer
Richard Nelson
Music
Bob James
Production Design
David Jenkins
Costume
Jane Greenwood
Contributor
Richard Stucker
Cast
Victor GarberEdwin Forrest (Macbeth)
Le Clanché du RandMrs Pope (Lady Macbeth)
Zeliko IvanekJohn Ryder (Macduff)
David Andrew MacdonaldRobert Jones (Malcolm)
Michael ButlerGeorge Bradshaw (Banquo)
Bill MoorFrederick Wemyss (Old Man)
Bill MoorFrederick Wemyss (Siward, Earl of Northumberland)
Eric StoltzDion Boucicault
Frances ConroyCatherine Forrest
Graham WintonThomas Fisher (Witch (1st))
Hope DavisMiss Anne Holland (Witch (3rd))
James MurtaughJohn Sefton (Witch (1st))
James MurtaughJohn Sefton (Donalbain)
Jefrey Alan ChandlerScott
Jennifer Van DykeMiss Jane Bass (Witch (1st))
Katie FinneranMrs Wemyss
Laura InnesAgnes Robertson
Mitchell EdmondsMr Chippindale (Witch (2nd))
Richard ClarkeMr Blakely (King Duncan)
Tim MacDonaldJames Bridges (Young Siward)
Tim MacDonaldJames Bridges (Ross)
Tim MacDonaldJames Bridges (Witch (3rd))
Tom AldredgeWashington Irving
Tom LacyTilton (Porter)

Additional Details

Theatre
Cort Theatre, New York, NY
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The production was dedicated to the memory of Joseph Papp.
Reviews
Rich, Frank. ‘War of Hams Where the Stage is All’ The New York Times (17 January 1992).

Archive

Name

Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT)

Email
toft@nypl.org
Web
http://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa/theatre-film-and-tape-archive External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 1 (212) 870-1642
Fax
(212) 8701868
Address
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York,New York
10023-7498
USA

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