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Black, George (1890–1945), theatre manager and impresario, was born on 20 April 1890 at 3 Court, 7 Sutton Street, Birmingham, one of three sons of George Black, then a house-painter, and his wife, Mary Davies. In the late 1890s his father gave up a post as property master at the ...

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Butt, Sir Alfred, first baronet (1878–1962), music-hall entrepreneur and racehorse owner and breeder, was born on 20 March 1878, the only son of Frederick Butt, a builder. He was educated at Westminster School and, after leaving school, worked in the accounting department at ...

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Cochran, Sir Charles Blake (1872–1951), impresario, was born on 25 September 1872 at 15 Prestonville Road, Brighton, Sussex, the fourth of the nine children of James Elphinstone Cochran (1840–1900), tea and cigar importer, and his wife, Matilda Arnold née Walton (1838–1929), daughter of a merchant navy officer and the widowed mother of a son by her first marriage. At the age of seven ...

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Sir Charles Blake Cochran (1872–1951) by Howard Coster, 1929 [[Left to right] and Beverley Nichols (1898-1983)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cornelys [née Imer; married name Pompeati], (Anna Maria) Teresa [known as Madame Trenti, Mrs Smith] (1723?–1797), singer and impresario, was born in Venice, probably in 1723, to the Genoan actor and impresario Giuseppe Imer (d. 1758) and his wife. Many particulars of her life, especially before 1759, derive from ...

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Delfont, Bernard [formerly Boris Winogradsky], Baron Delfont (1909–1994), theatrical impresario and leisure executive, was born on 5 September 1909, at Tokmak, Ukraine, Russia, the second son of Isaac Winogradsky (1879–1935) and Golda (later Olga) Izenstadt (c.1887–1981). His father ran a drapery store in ...

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Bernard Delfont, Baron Delfont (1909–1994) by unknown photographer, 1981 Getty Images

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Ferrars, Ernest Richard D'Arcy de (1855–1929), musician and pageant master, was born Ernest Richard D'Arcy Ferris on 2 April 1855 at 24 Belvedere, Bath, the youngest of the eight children of Samuel Charles Ferris (1806–1858), of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, ...

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Frece, Sir (Abraham) Walter de (1870–1935), music-hall entrepreneur and politician, was born on 7 October 1870 at 90 Salisbury Street, Everton, Liverpool, the eldest son of Henry de Frece, music-hall manager, and his wife, Marian Rowe. He was born into a prominent Liverpool...

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Holland, William (1837–1895), showman and music-hall and theatre entrepreneur, was born on 26 December 1837 at 58 Newington Causeway, London, the son of alderman William Holland, linen draper and wholesale upholsterer, and his wife, Mary, née Bayly. Though apprenticed to the family business, he was enamoured of amateur theatricals and left the trade while still young to promote minstrel shows, in which he played the interlocutor....