Ira Aldridge
(1807-1867)

Died aged c. 60

Ira Frederick Aldridge (July 24, 1807 – August 7, 1867) was an American and later British stage actor and playwright who made his career after 1824 largely on the London stage and in Europe, especially in Shakespearean roles. Born in New York City, Aldridge is the only actor of African-American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage honored with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. He was especially popular in Prussia and Russia, where he received top honors from heads of state. He was married twice, once to an Englishwoman, once to a Swedish woman, and had a family in England. Two of his daughters became professional opera singers.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Photo of Ira Aldridge blue plaque
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Photo of Ira Aldridge blue plaque
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Ira Aldridge 1807-1867 Shakespearian actor 'The African Roscius' lived here

5 Hamlet Road, Upper Norwood, SE19 Bromley, London, United Kingdom where he lived

Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) African American actor was Manager here of The Coventry Theatre in 1828 during the struggle to abolish slavery

Former BHS - Upper Precinct, Coventry, United Kingdom where he was Manager here of The Coventry Theatre (1828)