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Online Talk – Sir Henry Irving: why he matters, and why he came to Bournemouth

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Sir Henry Irving: why he matters, and why he came to Bournemouth

2pm, Sunday 9th May

Online Talk via Zoom

The first actor to be awarded a knighthood, Henry Irving (1835-1905) was such a prized celebrity guest at Sir Merton Russell-Cotes’ hotel that he subsequently turned the library at East Cliff Hall, now the Russell-Cotes Museum, into a permanent shrine to his achievements.

Join Michael Dobson, Director of The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham, as he discusses this lastingly influential actor-manager. How did Irving, despite his croaking voice and ungainly movements, become an international star? And what brought him to Bournemouth?

The talk will include portraits, photographs, and early sound recordings, both of Irving and of his leading lady Ellen Terry.


Free of charge, donations welcomed.

To reserve a place on the talk please book a ticket online or email russellcotes@bcpcouncil.gov.uk
When reserving tickets, please book per device rather than per person.

Your booking confirmation will include the zoom details, we will also email you a couple of days before the talk.


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09th May 21 - 09th May 21

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