Theatre History Pop Quiz

Edmund Kean (1787-1833) as Richard III. Engrav...

Edmund Kean (1787-1833) as Richard III. Engraving by Charles Turner (1774-1857) after John James Halls (1776-1834). “Mr. Kean in Richard the Third Act IV Scene 4”. Mezzotint.

When Coleridge claimed that watching Edmund Kean act was like “reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning,” he meant:

A) Kean was a brilliant Romantic interpreter of Shakespeare;

B) Kean had rare flashes of emotion that were electrifying;

C) Kean was usually drunk as a skunk on stage;

D) Kean was especially good at playing King Lear.

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One Response to Theatre History Pop Quiz

  1. Ellen says:

    C!!! I know that from taking Peter Davis’s theatre history class!!!
    Dr. Ellen Peck

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