The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1805 Wednesday, 17 September 2003
From: Colin Cox <
Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2003 21:48:46 -0700
Subject: 14.1788 Nahum Tate and Co
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1788 Nahum Tate and Co
Jan Pick wrote:
>Lots - as so many actors failed as Romeo! The Cushman, Caroline
>Rankley, Margaret Leighton, Esme Beringer, Ellen Tree etc etc etc all
>played Romeo, Any more?
It was the American Lydia Kelley who started the female Romeo vogue when
she took the role in 1829.
Ellen Tree played both. Juliet to Edmund Kean and Romeo to none other
than Fanny Kemble.
Priscilla Horton preceded Charlotte Cushman. Cushman played Romeo to
both her sister and then the incomparable Ada Swanborough. Cushman was
hailed as "far superior to any Romeo that has been seen for years."
In America, the tradition was kept alive by H.B. Conway and then, the
first great star of Little Rock, Arkansas, Fay Templeton, who years
later would appear in the movie Broadway to Hollywood.
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