Walter Hampden

(1879-1956) Walter Hampden Dougherty was born in New York City, but he began his stage career in England where he learned his craft as a player in Frank Benson‘s company. He returned to New York in 1907, where he became identified with a number of Shakespeare roles: Shylock, Hamlet, Othello, Oberon, Macbeth, and Romeo. In 1925, he acquired the Colonial Theatre in New York and renamed it Hampden’s Theatre, and there he established a repertory theatre that included the playsRead more

Evelyn D’Alroy

(1882-1915) D’Alroy’s career was cut short when at thirty-three she died. She first appeared on the stage in 1902. After touring with Ben Greet’s company for a time, she joined Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree at His Majesty’s Theatre. With Beerbohm, she played several parts in Shakespeare’s plays: Ophelia in Hamlet (1910), Portia (The Merchant of Venice, also in 1910), and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1911).¬†Who Was Who in the Theatre reports that her favorite role was Ophelia.Read more