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Join Michael Dobson, Director of The Shakespeare Institute, as he discusses Henry Irving, superstar actor of the Victorian stage.

How did Irving, despite his croaking voice and ungainly movements, become an international star? And what brought him to Bournemouth?

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

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

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.

Donations to Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum are welcome.

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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AA

01202 128000


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