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.
Your booking confirmation will include the zoom details, we will also email you a couple of days before the talk.
09th May 21 - 09th May 21