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John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth was a famous American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-known actor. He was also a Confederate sympathizer, vehement in his denunciation of Lincoln, and strongly opposed the abolition of slavery in the United States. Booth and a group of co-conspirators originally plotted to kidnap Lincoln, but later planned to kill him, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward in a bid to help the Confederacy's cause. Although Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered four days earlier, Booth believed the American Civil War was not yet over because Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army was still fighting the Union Army. Of the conspirators, only Booth was completely successful in carrying out his respective part of the plot. After Booth shot him once in the back of the head, Lincoln died the next morning. Seward was severely wounded but recovered. Vice-President Johnson was never attacked at all.


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Peer Gynt - Master Cotton, Solveig

21:00, Thu 22nd August 2019 - Tue 27th August 2019 at Barbican Centre
21:00, Thu 29th August 2019 - Tue 3rd September 2019 at Barbican Centre
20:45, Thu 5th September 2019 - Tue 10th September 2019 at Barbican Centre

Peer Gynt is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. Written in the Dano-Norwegian language, it is the most widely performed Norwegian play. According to Klaus Van Den Berg, the "cinematic script blends poetry with social satire and realistic scenes with surreal ones". Peer Gynt has also been described as the story of a life based on procrastination and avoidance. A first edition of 1,250 copies was published on 14 November 1867 in Copenhagen. Although the first edition swiftly sold out, a re-print of 2,000 copies, which followed after only 14 days, didn't sell out until seven years later.
While Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson admired the play's "satire in Norwegian egotism, narrowness, and self-sufficiency" and described it as "magnificent", Hans Christian Andersen, Georg Brandes and Clemens Petersen all joined a widespread hostility. Enraged by Petersen's criticisms in particular, Ibsen defended his work by arguing that it "is poetry; and if it isn't, it will become such. The conception of poetry in our country, in Norway, shall shape itself according to this book." Despite this defense of his poetic achievement in Peer Gynt, the play was his last to employ verse; from The League of Youth onwards, Ibsen was to write drama only in prose.

John Wilkes Booth is preparing for

  • Much Ado About Nothing - Antonio

    20:00, Thu 12th December 2019 - Tue 17th December 2019 at London Palladium

    Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the Fir…

  • Guys and Dolls - Nathan Detroit

    18:45, Thu 30th January 2020 - Tue 4th February 2020 at Random Venue 3
    11:30, Thu 6th February 2020 - Tue 11th February 2020 at Random Venue 3
    19:45, Thu 13th February 2020 - Tue 18th February 2020 at Random Venue 3

    Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" – tw…

  • The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

    13:45, Fri 8th May 2020 - Mon 11th May 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in whi…

  • West Side Story - Drums

    20:15, Wed 13th May 2020 - Sun 17th May 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    20:30, Wed 20th May 2020 - Sun 24th May 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    21:00, Wed 27th May 2020 - Sun 31st May 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by Wil…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Rosaline

    20:15, Thu 21st May 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Fri 22nd May 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    21:00, Sat 23rd May 2020 at Random Venue 45
    20:15, Tue 26th May 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    20:45, Fri 29th May 2020 at Random Venue 11

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare&…

  • The Book of Mormon - Bassoon

    14:00, Wed 26th August 2020 - Mon 31st August 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    21:30, Wed 2nd September 2020 - Mon 7th September 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    20:45, Wed 9th September 2020 - Mon 14th September 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-…

  • Bye Bye Birdie - Randolph MacAfee

    20:15, Fri 2nd October 2020 - Tue 6th October 2020 at Random Venue 58

    Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 19…

  • Antony and Cleopatra - Julius Caesar

    19:30, Thu 17th December 2020 - Tue 22nd December 2020 at Gielgud Theatre
    14:30, Thu 24th December 2020 - Tue 29th December 2020 at Gielgud Theatre
    20:00, Thu 31st December 2020 - Tue 5th January 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives and follo…

  • Seussical - Flute

    19:15, Thu 11th February 2021 - Sun 14th February 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play's story is a rather complex amalgamation of many of Seuss…

  • The Winter's Tale - Mamillius

    19:15, Fri 19th February 2021 - Tue 23rd February 2021 at Random Venue 23
    18:00, Fri 26th February 2021 - Tue 2nd March 2021 at Random Venue 23
    20:00, Fri 5th March 2021 - Tue 9th March 2021 at Random Venue 23

    The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Although it was grouped among the comedies, some modern editors have relabelled the play as on…

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