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Shakespeare and Orson Welles



Orson Welles in Macbeth (1948).


Young Orson and his dog Caesar.

Orson Welles (third from left) at the Todd School.

Julius Caesar (1928).
Brutus and Cassius (Welles).

Winter of Discontent (1930).
Welles as Richard Plantaganet.

Welles's sketch of himself standing before the Gate Theatre in Dublin (1931).

Welles's sketch of himself as scene painter at the Peacock Theatre (1931).

Twelfth Night (1932).
Welles as Malvolio.

Twelfth Night (1932).
Welles's "storybook" set.

Hamlet (1934).
Hamlet (Michael MacLiammoir), Gertrude (Lois Prussing), and Claudius (Welles).

Opening night at the Lafayette (April 14, 1936).

Macbeth (1936).
Macbeth (Jack Carter) and Lady Macbeth (Edna Thomas).

Macbeth (1936).
Jack Carter (Macbeth) and Edna Thomas (Lady Macbeth)

Macbeth (1936).
Macbeth (Jack Carter) and two Murderers

Macbeth (1936).
Hecate (Eric Burroughs).

Macbeth (1936).
Malcolm (Wardell Saunders), Macduff (Maurice Ellis), and Ross (Thomas Anderson).

Macbeth (1936).

Macbeth (1936).
Malcolm takes the throne.

Orson Welles and John Houseman.

Julius Caesar (1937).
Caesar (Joseph Holland) far right, Brutus (Welles) second from the right, Publius (Joseph Cotton) far left, and Cassius (Martin Gabel) third from the left.

Julius Caesar (1937).
Cassius (Martin Gabel) and Brutus (Welles).

Julius Caesar (1937).
Brutus (Welles) and Portia (Muriel Brassler).

Julius Caesar (1937).
Brutus (Welles) confronts Marc Antony (George Coulouris).

Julius Caesar (1937).
Marc Anthony (George Coulouris) standing over the body of Caesar (Joseph Holland).

Julius Caesar (1937).
Marc Anthony (George Coulouris) exhorts the mob.

Julius Caesar (1937).
The mob confronts Cinna the Poet (Norman Lloyd).

Five Kings (1938).
Revolving stage design: First position. London Street with Palace and Boar's Head Tavern.

Five Kings (1938).
Revolving stage design: Second position. Palace chamber.

Five Kings (1938).
Palace chamber set. Hotspur (John Emery), The King (Morris Ankrum),
Northumberland (Erskine Sanford) and others.

Five Kings (1938).
Falstaff (Welles) and Prince Hal (Burgess Meredith).

Five Kings (1938).
Revolving stage design: Final position. French King's Palace.

Macbeth (1947).

Macbeth (1947).
Welles and the three witches.

Othello (1951).
Costume design for Othello (Welles).

Othello (1951).
Costume design for Desdemona (Gudrun Ure, aka Ann Gaudrun).

Othello (1951).
Set design for Council Chamber.

King Lear (1956).
Welles as King Lear.

Chimes at Midnight (stage, 1960).
Welles (in costume as Falstaff) visited by Laurence Olivier in Dublin.

Welles's sketch of the young Will Shakespeare.

Welles with his friend and co-author, Roger Hill.

Julius Caesar.
Welles's sketch of Brutus and Cassius.

Julius Caesar.
Welles's sketch of Caesar and Calpurnia.

Julius Caesar.
Welles's sketch of the murder of Caesar.

Julius Caesar.
Welles's sketch of Marc Anthony exhorting the mob.

Welles in the studio.

The Merchant of Venice.
Welles's sketch of Shylock and Jessica.

The Merchant of Venice.
Welles's sketch of Portia.

Twelfth Night.
Welles's sketch of Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Twelfth Night.
Welles's sketch of Viola.

Twelfth Night.
Welles's sketch of Malvolio and Olivia.

Macbeth.
Sketch of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth by unknown artist.

Macbeth.
Sketch of Macbeth after the murder by unknown artist.

Macbeth.
Sketch of the three witches by unknown artist.

The Sealtest Program (1941).
Welles appearing with John Barrymore and host Rudy Vallee.

Macbeth (1948).
Macbeth (Welles) and Lady Macbeth (Jeanette Nolan).

Macbeth (1948).
Macbeth (Welles) and Lady Macbeth (Jeanette Nolan).

Macbeth (1948).
The two murderers (Brainerd Duffield and William Alland) and Macbeth (Welles).

Macbeth (1948).

Othello (1952).
Orson Welles as Othello.

Othello (1952).
Othello (Welles) and Iago (Micheal MacLiammoir).

Othello (1952).
Othello (Welles) and Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier).

Othello (1952).
Othello (Welles) and Iago (Micheal MacLiammoir).

Othello (1952).
Roderigo (Robert Coote) and Iago (Micheal MacLiammoir).

Othello (1952).
Othello (Welles) and Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier).

King Lear (1953).
Cordelia (Natasha Parry) with King Lear (Welles) in the background.

King Lear (1953).
Orson Welles as King Lear.

King Lear (1953).

King Lear (1953).
Cordelia (Natasha Parry) and King Lear (Welles).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Falstaff (Welles) and Justice Shallow (Alan Webb).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Prince Hal (Keith Baxter).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Orson Welles as Sir John Falstaff.

Chimes at Midnight (1966).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
King Henry IV (John Gielgud) and Prince Hal (Keith Baxter).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
A shot from one of Welles's high-energy battle scenes.

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Peto, Falstaff (Welles), Mistress Quickly (Margaret Rutherford),
and Doll Tearsheet (Jeanne Moreau).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Doll Tearsheet (Jeanne Moreau) and Falstaff (Welles).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Falstaff (Welles) and Prince Hal (Keith Baxter).

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Falstaff (Welles) confronts Henry V within the cathedral.

Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Falstaff (Welles) faces banishment from his "Jove".

I Love Lucy (1956).
Welles reciting from Romeo and Juliet.

Laugh-in (1968).
Welles guest starring with Lily Tomlin.

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