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Barry, Spranger

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Catherine AlexanderCatherine Alexander

Barry, Spranger (?1717–1777), actor and manager, 

who came to prominence as Othello in Dublin and then in his 1746 Drury Lane, London, debut. As famed for his looks as his technique, the alternate playing of Hamlet and Macbeth with Garrick developed into professional rivalry culminating in the 1750 ‘Battle of the Romeos’ when Barry moved to Covent Garden.

Catherine Alexander