"His Image in Snow"
Shakespeare on the Stage
The works of Shakespeare have been performed continuously, from seventeenth-century England to the modern day. However, a notable interruption in this remarkable run took place during the English Interregnum (1642–1660), when Cromwell banned most public stage performances. Nevertheless, Shakespeare’s popularity overcame this hiatus and his work continues to inspire performances (and attract an audience) around the world. The materials here give a selected overview of staging Shakespeare abroad and locally.
London: J. Macock, 1676
This comedy was performed on numerous and varied stages and in many adaptations throughout the eighteenth century. This early Restoration-period playbill includes a preface signed by the poet John Dryden.
Philadelphia: Gebbie, 1890
This book includes 112 full-plate photogravures and several hundred additional lithographs of Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century. The photogravure process is a late-nineteenth-century technique whereby paper reproductions are made from applying ink to an engraving on a metal plate. They are intended to resemble photographs such as that of William Terris as Romeo. As one could surmise, this process is painstaking and very expensive.
1809 – 1832
Fanny Kemble was born into a theatrical family; her mother was a famed actress and her father was the manager of the Covent Garden Theatre in London. Kemble established a reputation as one of the greatest actresses of her time in England and in America. These items from the Fanny Kemble Playbill Collection document Kemble’s early years on the English stage.
An item from the Fanny Kemble Playbill Collection documenting Kemble's early years on the English stage.
Poster for a performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet starring members of the Kemble theatrical family at the Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden.
Program of the Opera Guild of Greater Miami, Season 1965 production of Verdi's Otello.
Productions of the Players State Theatre, Season 1978-1979.
A production of the Players State Theatre, Coconut Grove, Florida, 1980.
This performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear was given at the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, Coral Gables, Florida.
Verso playbill describing a Miami Civic Theatre production held at the University of Miami.
This edition of Shakespeare's drama is printed word-for-word from the First Folio of 1623 and contains modernistic interpretations of the work.