Murder & Memory


William Shakespeare.  King Richard the Third. New York: Samuel French, n.d.  Promptbook.

This promptbook for Shakespeare’s King Richard the Third was at one time owned by John Wilkes Booth.  His name appears in gilt on the cover and his name and initials have been written in several places throughout the volume.  One of Shakespeare’s darkest works, the play depicts the murderous rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III. Booth acted in this play on several occasions in different cities, including Boston and Philadelphia.  Richard III was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite Shakespeare plays.

TS Promptbook Sh154.313.335   Harvard Theatre Collection.  Source unknown.