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The Actors Hall of Fame TM

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  The Actors Hall of Fame Foundation is proud to announce the live stage and broadcast/streaming production

of OUR AMERICAN COUSIN, one of the most well known and successful plays of the American Theatre


in the last 150 years.

OUR AMERICAN COUSIN - The Play That Changed History and the Mini-series that Changed Everything Else.

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A distant cousin stands to inherit a large British estate on the brink of financial ruin.


Sound familiar? 

The main story line from the phenomenally popular British series Downton Abbey shares its roots with the 19th century play, Our American Cousin, in which an American travels to England to survey his British cousins and his inheritance.

Our American Cousin wasn’t just the last play President Lincoln saw. It was one of the great commercial successes of its day. 

It made a star of E. A. Southern and cemented the reputation of Laura Keene, America’s first successful woman actor and theatrical businesswoman.

150 years later, the plot line is still capable of capturing the imagination of a wide audience.


Morgen Stevens-Garmon
Theater Archivist
Museum of the City of New York