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Martin Laroche (1814-86)

Richard 2nd; from the scene introduced between Act 4 & Act 5 1857

Albumen print | 7.2 x 6.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2800806

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Photograph of a recreation of a scene introduced between Act 4 and Act 5 of William Shakespeare's play Richard II. Kate Terry stands second from the right as a young boy wearing a tunic and hose who sands alongside another actress who plays a young woman. In the background are three child actors.

This photograph documents Charles Kean's production of Richard II, with Kean in the title role. The production was shown at Princess's Theatre, London, where Kean presented many adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. The plays were distinguished for their elaborate scenery and attention to detail that included historically authentic costumes and music. Queen Victoria saw Kean's production of Richard II five times (Royal Archives reference VIC/MAIN/Z/115). A hand coloured set of photographs of this production by the photographer Laroche were presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert for Christmas 1857. 

  • Creator(s)

    Martin Laroche (1814-86) (photographer)

    Kate Terry (1844-1924)
  • 7.2 x 6.1 cm (whole object)

  • From an album of photographs collected and arranged

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • People
      • Children
    • Language, Linguistics and Literature
      • Literature
        • Drama
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Theatre