Monday, December 3, 2012

☞ REMEMBER: Orson Welles' Voodoo Macbeth

Harlem's Lafayette Theatre appears to be on the brink of total demolition towards the end of 2012 and thus we take another look back at Orson Welles' groundbreaking production of Macbeth set in Haiti that debuted at that said theater back in 1936.  The above photos and sketches are some rare images of the young director's Harlem production which would have the city look uptown once again as a key player in the arts.  The all black cast was something never before seen at this point in time for a major Shakespeare play and the performances would sell out night after night.  Get more details on this historical theater event and check out a video of Orson Welle's Macbeth in our past post: LINK

Archival photos courtesy of the Library of Congress

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reminding us of the historical significance of this building, seems this production was well documented, great photos. I like the marquee photo from the previous post.