Ludwig (real name Leopold Dessauer) Dessoir

* 27.12.1810 in Poznań; ✝ 30.12.1874 in Berlin




Dessoir’s stage career began in Mainz, Breslau and Mannheim (along with short engagements elsewhere), until, in 1839, the Court Theatre in Karlsruhe acquired him as the successor to Carl Devrient. From there he moved to the Berlin Court Theatre, to which he was loyal until 1872.

Dessoir was best known in heroic roles, for the realization of which he relied not on superficial elements, but instead focused his efforts on bringing out each character’s inner development. He was greatly respected by numerous contemporary authors, for example, Theodor Fontane, Gustav Freytag, and Albert E. Brachvogel. Dessoir won great acclaim when he appeared in the latter’s tragedy Narziss (1856). Mention is frequently made of the recognition with which London audiences greeted his 1853 guest appearance as Othello.

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Dessoir, Ludwig (real name Leopold Dessauer), in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: (Accessed on 27.02.2024)

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