Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The NYC Shakespeare Riot

William Shakespeare is the world’s most popular playwright, perhaps the most translated secular author in any language. But over the centuries there have been numerous occasions where his work has been a source of hostility. One example of Shakespeare’s role in stoking international conflict dates back to May 1849, and occurred in New York City.

"The affair began as a grudge match between two actors, but escalated into a street riot outside the Astor Place Opera House in which at least 22 people died. The Astor Place Riot still counts as one of the bloodiest episodes in New York’s history. The cause of the incident seems, by contemporary standards, hard to credit: who played the better Macbeth—an Englishman or an American?"
More:  Literary Hub

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