Born on3 August 1875 in
Vladislavov, Kalisz Gubernia, Poland. His father was
a merchant. Until age sixteen he learned in a
cheder. He "broke out", into the world, and at the
age of seventeen he immigrated to London to
relatives. There he learned tailoring, however he
didn't have feelings for it. He was acquainted with
Joseph Goldstein, and, through him with his drama
club, and began to participate there. At that time
there wasn't a stable Yiddish theatre in London, but
the several professional Yiddish actors who were
found there, gave productions on the Sabbath and on
Sunday evening in various halls, and I participated
in them. At first when the "Pavilion" Theatre became
a permanent Yiddish theatre, I. entered as a
professional actor, and the opportunity to play with
Sigmund Feinman as "Iago" in his "Othello," staged
with Morris Moskovitch et al.
In 1906 I. traveled
(with Schoengold and Schilling) to Argentina, and in
1907 (with Esther Wallerstein and others) to South
Africa, and when Moris Moskovitch further opened the
"Pavilion" Theatre, he brought I back to London.
Then I. played in Paris, and from there he traveled
to Poland, where he directed and with the "Grand
Theatre," and then organized a troupe with whom he
toured across Poland, Vilna, Minsk and Riga.
After the war he founded
his own troupe in Paris, and when they disbanded, he
went again with his own troupe to South Africa, then
with his Dinah Feinman in Berlin and other European
In 1920 I. went over to
the English stage, played for six years in the
larger London theatres, such as the "Apollo," "Drury
"Fortune," et al, in the play, "The Great Lover,"
"The Torch," and others, which in their time had a
great success in the theatre world.
I also participated in
many English films with the famous Scottish comic
Sir Harry Lauder.
During the last years
of his life, I. performed with a Yiddish
folks-theatre, "Grand Palais" in London, where he
passed away in June 1939.
characterized him this way:
“An actor whom Jews in London could thank for the
continued existence of Yiddish theatre was Nathan
Ayzikovitsh. When the Pavilion Theatre closed in
1935 and we remained bereft of a Yiddish theatre, he
organized a troupe to perform in the Grand Palais.
He was joined by Wolf Silverberg and other London
actors concentrated around them. They also brought
artists from other countries and in that manner
Yiddish theatre again existed in London, if even on
a smaller scale.
Nathan Ayzikovitsh was an accomplished actor. He was
tall and broadly built. Such actors can only perform
in roles appropriate to them, but he played well in
such roles: as wealthy men, nobles, heroes, bold
Jewish figures of old. Most of all, he had a great
understanding of the stage. He was not only a
director of a Yiddish theatre in London, but for a
time also led a theatre in Lodz. He toured with a
troupe in South Africa to great success there. N.
Ayzikovitsh also acted on the English stage with
Morris Moskovitch. He also participated in films.
After his death his wife, Rebecca Ayzikovitsh,
continued her work as the administrator of the Grand
Palais. With her ability and good manners she
certainly made a contribution to the existence of
the Yiddish theatre.”
Morris Meyer --
"Yiddish Theatre in London," London, 1942, pp.
[--] -- Neyten
eyzikovitsh, "Theatre Alamanac," London, 1943,