April 3, 1891

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description In the first week of April 1891, Edwin Booth gave the last performances of his career at BAM during a week of Shakespearian repertory that included Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. After playing Othello on the evening of April 1st, three days later Booth gave his last performance as Hamlet, his signature role. The next day The New York Times published a description of his departure from BAM: “Outside on Montague Street [BAM’s original site] there was a great crowd. The stoop of the houses opposite and the windows of the Brooklyn Library were all occupied. When the famous actor came in sight, 2,000 voices united in a mighty cheer. He bowed his acknowledgement gravely… The policemen led him through the throng and the cheering continued. With some difficulty he reached the carriage, and bowed once more to the admiring crowd.”
Identifier 1891s.01337
Season 1890-1891
Venue176-194 Montague Street