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Charles Calvert

(1828—1879) actor and theatre manager


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(1828–79), actor, born in London. His early engagements included Southampton (1853–4, Romeo and Laertes with his future wife Adelaide Biddles as Juliet and Ophelia) and the Surrey (1855–6, Hal, Othello), but it was with Hamlet (1859) at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, that Calvert showed his ability to co-ordinate all the arts of the theatre in the service of the play. At the Prince's theatre, Manchester, between 1864 and 1874, he mounted eleven major Shakespeare revivals, of which Richard III and Henry V were transferred to New York.

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From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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