Detail of Henry Irving from an
advertisement for 'Much ado about nothing', Edinburgh's New Lyceum
[Library shelfmark: R.283.c.1]
Henry Irving (1838-1905) dedicated his life to becoming a great and successful actor, playing key Shakespearian roles such as Hamlet, Shylock, Lear, and Benedick.
Often starring alongside the actress Ellen Terry, Irving took over London's Lyceum Theatre in 1878.
He was the first actor to be knighted, in 1895.
Items relating to Henry Irving featured in our display, 'Playing Shakespeare: 400 years of great acting', at the Library from 17 March until 12 June 2016.