From the Lexington Herald, November 4, 1912
“King Lear,” considered by many students of literature the masterpiece of dramatic writing in the history of the world, has been chosen by Robert B. Mantell as the opening bill of his engagement at Lexington Opera House November 8 and 9.
“King Lear” is also considered by many critics Mr. Mantell’s masterpiece, in spite of the fact that students of drama have often pronounced the tragedy unactable. Mr. Mantell is the first American actor since Edwin Booth who has had the courage to recreate the mad old king, and his success, both artistic and financial, in presenting him, has proven the students to have been wrong.
In addition to “King Lear” Mr. Mantell will present at the Lexington Opera House “The Merchant of Venice” Saturday afternoon and “Richard III,” Saturday evening. For each of these plays he carries with him a complete scenic production.