Henry Irving

Henry Irving

Henry Irving was born in Keinton-Mandeville, Somerset in 1838. He worked as a clerk in London for a while but in 1856 made his first appearance on the stage at the Sunderland Theatre.

Irving acted in Edinburgh (1857-1860), Manchester (1860-1865) and Liverpool (1865) before making his debut on the London stage in 1866. In performances of Hamlet (1874), Macbeth (1875) and Othello (1876) gained the reputation as the greatest English actor of his time.

In 1878 he formed a partnership with Ellen Terry at the Lyceum, where he became actor-manager. Their successes together including Goethe's Faust and Shakespeare's Hamlet. In 1895 Irving became the first actor in British history to receive a knighthood. Sir Henry Irving died in 1905.

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