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In the following weeks he received countless praise for many literary publications. It was a sensational success. The audience could Covent Garden Playbill feel every beat of his heart. However, some of the more dignified classes found it most displeasing with their racist remarks that his speech was slurred and did not properly represent English. As soon as his Covent Garden engagement was over, he was invited by the Surrey theater to perform. The Surrey theater was one of the more important of the minor theaters in London. Ira Aldridge's first performance there was on April 22, 1833. On May 10th of that year he received a white part and even though they did all sorts of things to make him look white, it didn't work because it seemed that his inspiration came from his color. Proof of his greatness was in 1933 when Aldridge filled in for Edmund Kean, a renowned actor as Othello when he fell ill. The next 20 years of Ira Aldridge's career is a blur of tours, provinces and performances. It is not very well known in specifics what he did these twenty years. The African American Review in the Fall ‘94 edition quotes the researchers at Indiana State University who say the following: For the next twenty years Aldridge played almost exclusively in the provinces, building up a loyal following and a considerable fortune. He was on the road most of the year. Performing in cities, towns, and villages throughout the British Isles. Restless for new challenges, he extended his Shakespeare repertoire,
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experimenting with white roles such as Shylock, Richard III, Hamlet, Macbeth and (King) Lear. In July 1852 he set out on his first major European tour and earned standing ovations wherever he went. After three years abroad, he returned to England laden with medals, decorations and honors, but he still could not find regular engagements in London. The trouped through the provinces for a while, toured Europe again, then came back to England once more. By this time he was world famous, but success on the London stage continued to elude him. Finally, after twenty years of touring the British Isles, Ira Aldridge was at least partially accepted to perform in the major theaters of England and Europe. However, worldwide he received much praise. Dublin called his style "The perfection of acting." Germany prtrayed him as "The greatest of all actors." Danzig said that his Othello, Shylock and Macbeth "Left him without a rival in the theater." Poland referred to his Othello as exactly how Shakespeare meant him to be portrayed. In France he represented " for the first time a hero of tragedy speaking and walking like a common mortal, void of exaggeration either in posture or exclamation". A critic in Russia said he was "the greatest thing in
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