Ernst Heinrich von Possart

* 11.05.1841 in Berlin; ✝ 08.04.1921 in Charlottenburg

Actor, Director, Theatre Artistic Director



Possart debuted in Breslau in 1861, and engagements in Bern and Hamburg followed soon afterwards. In 1864 he gave his first performance at the Munich Court Theatre, where he was active from 1872 as director and also, from 1878 onwards, as artistic director. After interruptions to fulfill a contract at the Lessingtheater in Berlin and to go on numerous tours as a guest star, he returned in 1893 to Munich, taking up the position of artistic director at the Royal Court Theatre in Munich, a post he retained until 1905. This latter period coincided not only with the construction and opening of the Prinzregententheater (1900-1901), but also with a resurgence of his interest in opera, particularly with Mozart and Wagner.

As an author, Possart composed numerous dramas, opera libretti and treatises on acting and directing. He furthermore published several stage adaptations of Shakespeare plays, usually drawing on the translations by Schlegel and Tieck. As an actor, Possart was chiefly known for his character roles, among them a multiplicity of Shakespeare characters.

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Possart, Ernst Heinrich von, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: (Accessed on 27.02.2024)

This text is published under the following licence: CC BY-ND 3.0 DE. Digitzed media reproduced with the permission of the library of Birmingham.

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