On May 10, 1949, the Astor Place Riot took place outside the Astor Opera House where a performance was to occur. There were more than 120 injured and 25 people we killed. What two feuding actors fueled the animosity for this night of violence?
The ongoing dispute between Edwin Forrest, one of the most esteemed American actors of the mid-19th century, and William Charles Macready, a similarly esteemed English actor, fueled the energies for the riot. The dispute between the two actors was over which of them was best at playing Shakespeare’s great roles.