The Jewish presence in the London theatre, 1660-1800

Since 1960 I have been engaged, with Professor Philip H. Highfill, Jr of the George Washington University and Professor Edward A. Langhans of the Univer- sity of Hawaii, in researching, writing and publishing/1 Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (hereafter referred to as BDA). The purpose has been to provide biographical data on anyone who was a member of a theatrical or musical com- pany, an occasional performer, or a patentee or servant of a patent theatre, opera house, amphitheatre, pleasure garden, theatrical tavern, music room, fair booth, or other place of public entertainment in London and its immediate environs, between the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the end of the 1799-1800 theatrical season. Sixteen volumes, covering the letters A-Z, have now been pub- lished by the Southern Illinois University Press (with the assistance of the National Endowment for

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