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BLUE PLAQUE FOR IRA ALDRIDGE!

Thursday August 3rd. Earl Cameron and Coventry's Lord Mayor unveil plaque commemorating Ira Aldridge's season as MANAGER of the Coventry Theatre - in 1828.

Thu 27 July 2017, 09:21

The AHRC on BBA Shakespeare

The Multiculutral Shakespeare Project and the British Black and Asian Shakespeare Performance database were funded by the AHRC from 2012 to 2015. Here the AHRC talks about the project:http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/black-and-asian-shakespeare/

Thu 09 June 2016, 19:08

BBAS and History: Ira Aldridge and company

BBAS and History: Ira Aldridge

The Multicultural Shakespeare project has made a major contribution to Shakespeare in Ten Acts - the British Library's "dazzling" exhibition in honour of Shakespeare's life and influence on the world. One room is dedicated to Ira Aldridge, Paul Robeson and their present-day successors:

"Room 6 [...] documents the London performances of the African American actor Ira Aldridge as Othello in 1825, but goes far beyond that historical moment to consider colour-blind casting, to interview the actor Huigh Quarshie on racism in the play, and even to posit a professional rivalry between Laurence Olivier and Paul Robeson.' (Times Literary Supplement)

For an outline of Aldridge's career, read Tony Howard's investigation into the actor's reception in London - and in Coventry, where he became manager of the Coventry Theatre for a season in 1828, when slavery in the British colonies was still legal - see BBC History extra online:

http://www.historyextra.com/article/culture/ira-aldridge-shakespeare%E2%80%99s-black-othello

Sun 24 April 2016, 23:44

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