A tale of two Macbeth’s leads to the Astor place riots; check out this great article from Hyperallergic about our involvement. On May 10, 1849, The Seventh Regiment Armory was called in as part of the militia to calm the Astor Place Riots. The riots actually began as a dispute between the English Shakespearean actor William Macready and the American actor Edwin Forrest, over who was better in competing New York productions of MACBETH. When the rioting got out of hand, General Charles Sandford assembled the state’s Seventh Regiment, along with mounted troops in Washington Square Park, to add to the policemen already outside the Astor Place Opera House (now the Starbucks across from The Cube in Astor Place). Click to read more!
Posted on Monday, August 18th 2014