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SHAKESPEARE. Charles Kean.
SHAKESPEARE. Charles Kean. King John,  "Royal Entertainment. By Command. Her Majesties Servants will perform at Windsor Castle, On Friday, February 6th. 1852 Shakespeare's Historical Play, in Five Acts, of King John". Charles Kean as King John,  1852
8¾ x 7½ ins. printed on embossed laced paper,
Prince Albert was a Shakespeare enthusiast and encouraged Queen Victoria' interest. They often visited Charles Kean and his company at the Princess's Theatre in Oxford Street, London. The theatre, opened in 1836 named after the then Princess Victoria, is best remembered for Charles Kean's Shakespeare revivals, beginning in 1849 and continuing for ten years. Private Theatricals were well established at the Coburg Court, and Prince Albert was the "emminence grise" of the Windsor Royal Theatricals. After the first performance in a custom built theatre at Windsor at Christmas 1848, Queen Victoria wrote in her Journal "Everything went smoothly, there was not a hitch of any kind; all this is dear Albert's own idea"

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