Individual

Edwin Booth



BAM Affiliation Considered the greatest American Shakespearean of the 19th century, Edwin Booth (brother to John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin) performed at BAM regularly throughout his career. When he decided to retire from the stage, in 1891, he gave his last performances at BAM, offering a week of Shakespearean repertory that included Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. After his death two years later his obituary in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle recalled that as Booth played his final Hamlet, his signature role, BAM’s Montague Street opera house was “filled clear over the audience rail and down to the footlights in an audience representing … the culture of the city.”




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