MICHAEL A. MORRISON is a New York-based writer, teacher, and collector of theatrical memorabilia. Formerly a Shakespearean actor, he received his doctorate in theatre from the City University of New York and has contributed theatre- and drama-related articles and criticism to a number of publications including The New York Times, the Village Voice, the London Daily Telegraph, Stagebill, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Survey, and New Theatre Quarterly.

I began writing the book this site is based on (published by Cambridge University Press in the United States in the autumn of 1997 and in the United Kingdom and worldwide in January 1998) nearly a decade ago when I realized there were still living witnesses who could recall Barrymore's legendary Richard III and Hamlet seventy years earlier. In ensuing years, I interviewed many of these witnesses including Sir John Gielgud, Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies,  Maurice Evans, and Helen Hayes, and also drew upon newly uncovered sources to recreate Barrymore's acclaimed performances.  I enjoy hearing from readers, potential readers, and visitors to the site, so please write if you have any comments or questions.

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