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    Civil War Era Theater. Three Boston Museum Playbills Featuring Shakespeare, 1861-1863. 1) 5" x 14.75" playbill for the February 23, 1861 joint appearances of Charles Dillon and E. L. Davenport as Othello and Iago in "Othello" at the Boston Museum. 2) 4.75" x 13.75" playbill for the June 27, 1862 appearance of Edwin Adams in the lead role of "Hamlet" at the Boston Museum. The playbill notes that this performance was a benefit for and last night of Adams' engagement. 3) 5.5" x 14.5" playbill for the October 5, 1863 performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Boston Museum. The three playbills were printed in Boston by F.A. Searle. The playbills have shadows of glue residue at the top and bottom corners without affecting text. Playbill #3 has a tear along three-quarters of the bottom which has been repaired with scotch tape on the reverse side, with no loss of text.

    Charles J. Dillon (1819-1881) was actor-manager who toured the United States in 1860-1861 with his wife Clara. His February 23, 1861 performance his last at the Boston Museum during this tour. Edward Loomis Davenport (1816-1877) was a Boston-born actor who was known for his Shakespearian roles and his dramatic interpretations of characters in Dickens' novels. Edwin Adams (1834-1877) was an American actor known primarily for his comedic roles. In the 1870s he joined Edwin Booth's acting company.

    The Boston Museum opened in 1841 and hosted a wax museum, a natural history museum, and an art museum in addition to theatrical performances. Numerous famous actors and actresses entertained audiences at the Boston Museum, including Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, William Warren, and Kate Reignolds.


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