THIS IS AN AUTHENTICALLY AUTOGRAPHED LP BY MAURICE EVANS...
MAURICE EVANS(COLUMBIA RL 3107)WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S HAMLET AND KING RICHARD II. COVER IS SIGNED BY MAURICE EVANS. CONDITION OF THE VINYL,COVER, AND AUTOGRAPH IS VG.
Maurice Herbert Evans (June 3, 1901 - March 12, 1989) was an English actor who became a US citizen in 1941.
Evans was born in Dorchester, Dorset, England, the son of Laura (née Turner) and Alfred Herbert Evans, who was an analytical chemist. He first appeared on the stage in 1926 and joined the Old Vic Company in 1934, playing Hamlet, Richard II and Iago. His first appearance on Broadway was in Romeo and Juliet opposite Katharine Cornell in 1936, but he made his biggest impact in Shakespeare's Richard II, a production whose unexpected success was the surprise of the 1937 theatre season and allowed Evans to play Hamlet (1938) (the first time that the play was performed uncut on the New York stage), Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I (1939), Macbeth (1941), and Malvolio in Twelfth Night (1942) opposite the Viola of Helen Hayes, all under the direction of Margaret Webster. When World War II arrived, he was in charge of an Army Entertainment Section in the Central Pacific and played his famous "G.I. version" of Hamlet that cut the text of the play to make Prince Hamlet more decisive and appealing to the troops, an interpretation so popular that he took it to Broadway in 1945. He then shifted his attention to the works of Shaw, notably as John Tanner in Man and Superman and as King Magnus in The Apple Cart. He was also a successful Broadway producer of productions in which he did not appear, notably Teahouse of the August Moon.