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Richard III (Drew Cortese) and Lady Anne (Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan) at the Folger.

Richard III (Drew Cortese) and Lady Anne (Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan) at the Folger.

John Philip Kemble – The second greatest eighteenth century English actor, after his sister

John Philip Kemble – The second greatest eighteenth century English actor, after his sister

Naomi Jacobson as Queen Margaret in Richard III. Directed by Robert Richmond. Folger Theatre, 2014. Photo taken by Teresa Wood.

Naomi Jacobson as Queen Margaret in Richard III. Directed by Robert Richmond. Folger Theatre, 2014. Photo taken by Teresa Wood.

Robert B. Mantell as Lear. Baker's Art Gallery. Photograph, 19th or early 20th century.

Robert B. Mantell as Lear. Baker's Art Gallery. Photograph, 19th or early 20th century.

From the Untold Lives blog post 'A truly original Richard III'. I like this image of Richard

From the Untold Lives blog post 'A truly original Richard III'. I like this image of Richard

June 19, 1961: Jeremy Brett during rehearsal for his part as Hamlet. Jeremy borrowed his stage name from the label in his first suit, which was a green tweed made by Brett and Co., Warwick, because his father forbade him to use the name "Huggins" onstage. Col. Huggins changed his mind about letting Jeremy use his own name after watching him portray Hamlet to rave reviews, but it was too late: Jeremy Huggins had already won fame as Jeremy Brett.

June 19, 1961: Jeremy Brett during rehearsal for his part as Hamlet. Jeremy borrowed his stage name from the label in his first suit, which was a green tweed made by Brett and Co., Warwick, because his father forbade him to use the name "Huggins" onstage. Col. Huggins changed his mind about letting Jeremy use his own name after watching him portray Hamlet to rave reviews, but it was too late: Jeremy Huggins had already won fame as Jeremy Brett.

David Garrick as Richard III. Oil painting, after 1772. After original by Nathaniel Dance, 1771. Folger Shakespeare Library.

David Garrick as Richard III. Oil painting, after 1772. After original by Nathaniel Dance, 1771. Folger Shakespeare Library.

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