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Matheson Alexander Lang (born May 15, 1879, Montreal; died April 11, 1948, Bridgetown, Barbados) was a Canadian who achieved fame in Great Britain as a stage and film actor in the early 20th century. May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Motto: Concordia Salus Coordinates: Country Canada Province Québec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area    - City 366. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The City of Bridgetown, population 5,928 (1990) metropolitan area 110,000 (2000), formerly the Town of Saint Michael, is the Capital city of the island nation of Barbados. ...

Lang made his stage debut in 1897 and became known for his Shakespearean roles in such plays as Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. He also appeared in plays by Henrik Ibsen and George Bernard Shaw. He performed in the theatrical companies of Sir Frank Benson, Lillie Langtry, and Ellen Terry. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare and is one of his best-known and most-quoted plays. ... Scene from Macbeth, depicting the witches conjuring of an apparition in Act IV, Scene I. Painting by William Rimmer The Tragedy of Macbeth is among the most famous of William Shakespeares plays, as well as his shortest tragedy. ... The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet, commonly referred to as Romeo and Juliet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young star-crossed lovers. ... Photo of Henrik Ibsen in his older days Henrik Johan Ibsen (March 20, 1828 – May 23, 1906) was a major Norwegian playwright who was largely responsible for the rise of the modern realistic drama. ... George Bernard Shaw (George) Bernard Shaw[1] (born Dublin, 26 July 1856 – died 2 November 1950 in Hertfordshire) was an Irish playwright based in the United Kingdom. ... Francis Robert Benson (November 4, 1858 - 1939), English actor, son of William Benson of Alresford, Hants, was born at Tunbridge Wells. ... Lillie Langtry [1] [2] [3] [4] (née Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, nicknamed the Jersey Lily) (13 October 1853 – 12 February 1929) was a British actress and courtesan born on the island of Jersey in 1853. ... Ellen Alice Terry (February 27, 1847 – July 21, 1928) was an English stage actress. ...

Lang married actress Hutin Britton (1876-1965), and they formed their own company, which toured India, South Africa, and Australia from 1910-13 performing Shakespeare. In 1913, Lang returned to England and created one of his most memorable roles, the title character in Mr. Wu. He reprised this part in a 1919 silent film, and became so identified with the role that he titled his 1940 memoirs Mr. Wu Looks Back. In 1914, he and Britton successfully produced The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet at the Old Vic. Taming of the Shrew by Augustus Egg The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... Title page of the first quarto (1600) The Merchant of Venice is one of William Shakespeares best-known plays, written sometime between 1594 and 1597. ... The exterior of the Old Vic. ...

In 1919, Lang became one of the first major theatre stars to act in a silent film, as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. He went on to appear in over 30 films and was one of Britain's leading movie stars of the 1920s. Among his memorable roles were Guy Fawkes (1923), Matthias in The Wandering Jew (1923), Henry IV in Henry, King of Navarre (1924), and Henry V in Royal Cavalcade (1935). Shylock After the Trial by John Gilbert (late 19th century) Shylock is a central character in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice who famously demanded a pound of flesh from the titular character. ... A painting of Guy Fawkes with House of Parliament in the background. ... The Wandering Jew by Gustave Doré. For the plant of the same name, see Wandering Jew (plant). ... Henry IV (French: Henri IV; December 13, 1553 – May 14, 1610), was the first monarch of the Bourbon dynasty in France. ... Henry V of England (16 September 1387 – 31 August 1422) was one of the great warrior kings of the Middle Ages. ...

Lang also wrote the plays Carnival (1919) and The Purple Mask (1920), both of which were produced on Broadway and made into films. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...

Matheson Lang died at age 68 in Barbados.

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