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Theatre's 1883 production of 'Much ado about nothing', starring
Ellen Terry and Henry Irving.
[Library shelfmark: R.283.c.1]
Ellen Terry (1847-1928) was the queen of Victorian theatre and the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain.
She had a long professional relationship with the actor Henry Irving, and was the leading lady at the Lyceum Theatre from 1878.
Terry played many of Shakespeare's starring female roles: Juliet, Cordelia, Lady Macbeth, Imogen, Desdemona, Queen Katherine, Portia, and Beatrice.
This image of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving featured in our display, 'Playing Shakespeare: 400 years of great acting', at the Library from 17 March until 12 June 2016.