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William Macready
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    (March 3, 1793-April 27, 1873)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Acted on stage in ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Othello,’ ‘Antony and Cleopatra,’ ‘King Lear,’ ‘William Tell,’ ‘Cymbeline,’ ‘Henry V,’ and ‘MacBeth’
    He was performing in ‘MacBeth’ when the infamous Astor Place Riot broke out, and resulted in the deaths of 25 people.
    This has been used as an example of the superstition that the play ‘MacBeth’ brings about bad fortune.
    He hated being an actor, yet continued to do it.
    He didn’t get along with his frequent co-star Edwin Forrest.
    The media attention given to the feud between him and his American co-star may have been a root in the cause of the riot.
    He was an accomplished Shakespearian actor.
    He was responsbile for returning 'King Lear' to Shakespeare's original text from Nahum Tate's happy-ending version.

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