Henry Ainley

February 13, 2009 by: admin

Henry AinleyBiography
Henry Ainley (1879-1945) was a major classical British actor who, during his forty-year career, appeared in hundreds of productions. He started acting as an amateur before joining Frank Benson’s company, making his professional stage debut as a messenger in Macbeth. He later acted with Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s company.

He played the major parts in many Shakespeare plays, commencing with Henry V in 1900. He played Hamlet several times, including in 1930, when the production at the Haymarket Theatre, London, was chosen for the annual Royal Command Performance. His other important performances included playing with Evelyn Millard the title roles in Stephen Phillips’s Paolo and Francesca (1898), starring with Maude Adams in he Broadway production of Frances Hodgson Burnett

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