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Carte, Dame Bridget Cicely D'Oyly (1908–1985), theatre manager, was born on 25 March 1908 at Suffolk Street, Pall Mall, London, the elder child of Rupert D'Oyly Carte (1876–1948), chairman of the Savoy group of companies and proprietor of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company...

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Dame Bridget Cicely D'Oyly Carte (1908–1985) by Jane Bown, 1982 © Jane Bown

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Horniman, Annie Elizabeth Fredericka (1860–1937), theatre patron and manager, was born at Surrey Mount, Forest Hill, London, on 3 October 1860, the only daughter of Frederick John Horniman (1835–1906), tea merchant and founder of the Horniman Museum, and his first wife, Rebekah Elmslie (1825–1895)...

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Annie Elizabeth Fredericka Horniman (1860–1937) by Flora Lion, c. 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leon, Jack de (1902–1956), theatre manager and impresario, was born on 12 August 1902 at Colon, Panama, the second of eight children of Michael de Leon (1868–1914), merchant, and his wife, May Miriam Maduro (1881–1964). His love of drama developed from when he operated a puppet theatre as a child. In 1911 the family moved to ...