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Ira Aldridge in the Collections

Playbill - 'Black Doctor' and 'Stage Mad!!' at the Royal Shakespearean Theatre, Stratford

Performance on 2 May 1851. The last but one night for "The African Roscius". 'Black Doctor or the Fated Lovers of Bourbon' sees Fabian (played by Aldridge) and his ill-fated love with Pauline de la Reynerie. The playbill details the whole story so the audience know exactly what they are getting, even the ending. This doomed romance is followed on the bill by a farce called 'Stage Mad!!' in which Ira plays Jeronymo, "a black footman".