Productions of Antony and Cleopatra:
1890. Lily Langtry's production of Antony and Cleopatra ran at the Princess's Theatre (London) from November 18, 1890, until February 21, 1891. In the 96 performances Langtry played Cleopatra and Charles F. Coghlan played Antony. Others in the cast were Frank Kemble Cooper as Octavius Caesar, Arthur Stirling as Enobarbus, Charles Burleigh as Eros, and Amy McNeill as Charmian.
1893. An Italian translation of Antony and Cleopatra had three performances at the Lyric Theatre (London) in June. The interest no doubt arose from Eleonora Duse, the famous Italian actress, who played Cleopatra. Flavio Ando played opposite her as Antony (Wearing, 1890-99, I, 326).
1897. Ben Greet managed a production of Antony and Cleopatra that opened at the Olympic Theatre (London) on May 24 and ran for eleven performances. Marc Antony was played by Louis Calvert, and Leonard Calvert played Lepidus; both were members of the distinguished Calvert family of actors who performed in Manchester. Others in the cast were Janet Achurch as Cleopatra, Alfred Kendrick as Octavius Caesar, J. Carter Edwards as Enobarbus, and Michael Dure as Eros (Wearing, 1890-99, II, 663).
1900. Frank Benson's troupe performed Antony and Cleopatra 6 times (March 29-April 4) at the Lyceum Theatre (London). Benson played Marc Antony and Constance Benson played Cleopatra. Lily Brayton played Iras and E. Lyall Swete Enobarbus. The company also performed Henry V, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night. An interesting note is that a young Isadora Duncan played one of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Wearing, 1900-09, I, 17 and Loney, I, 3).
1906. On December 27 Herbert Beerbohm Tree staged a revival of Antony and Cleopatra at His Majesty's Theatre. Tree played Marc Antony with Constance Collier as Cleopatra. Basil Gill also appeared (Loney, I, 33).
1909. On November 6 Winthrop Ames opened his New Theatre in New York City with Antony and Cleopatra; among the distinguished cast were E. H. Sothern, Julia Marlowe, Louis Calvert, Matheson Lang, and Annie Russell.
1912. The third annual summer season of Shakespeare began on August 7 at Stratford. The Shakespeare plays performed by Frank Benson's troupe included Othello, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Loney, I, 64).
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