However the college thought he was not suited for

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However, the college thought he was not suited for theological studies. Ira never explicitly disobeyed his father, but even Daniel eventually began to realize that Ira had already decided on his career, the theater. In 1825 , when Ira was only 18 years old, he went to England with the Wallacks. He then attended Glasgow College, where many Blacks from the US went to attend college when they were not accepted in the US. He studied Latin Composition there under the tutelage of Professor Sanford. He remained there for 18 months until he moved on to actual acting. During the time he was in college he performed A Slave's Revenge as Oroonoko, a slave sold into slavery several times in the Coburg Theater. His debut was on October Aldridge as Othello in England 10, 1825. To make his name more appealing, he added the last name Keene, but he later dropped it. In
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1806, he made history by playing Othello in the Shakespearean play of Othello in Coburg Theater of London. Ira Aldridge became the first black actor to play the role of the black Moorish general named Othello. His performance was an astounding success. Othello became his trademark .He was then dubbed yet again with another name, the Negro Tragedian. However, a reporter of The Times did not think much of Ira Aldridge, and predicted a short career but he was devastatingly wrong. He was also booked in Brighton Theater for 1825. Aldridge repeated the same routine for quite q while. Othello and Oroonoko each once a week. Many people tried to view his performances. However at the end of his first year of acting he fell ill on the stage and did not perform in 1826. By the time he was acting again in 1827 he was desired by the rest of the world. He performed King Lear and many other plays in Britain. He then appeared in Sheffield, Halifax, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Liverpool and Sunderland in that year. During this time, he discovered a talent of his- he could sing. His first singing part was in The Padlock as Mungo. During his travels, he performed with his proceeds going to help free his enslaved brothers. He traveled for many years. Then he got a big break-Dublin, 1831. He got much renown and was desired back from his native London. Pierre Francois Laporte arranged for Aldridge to come on April 10, 1833 and perform in his Covent Garden for a few days. As expected, it was very inhabited on his first night performing. This is a copy of the playbill.His name is found in the center with a description of him and announcing that this is his first time performing on this stage.
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