a piano player in the
"Princess Club Theatre." From then on Sh. continued as
the conductor of London's Yiddish theatre.
Sh. also composed the music
for the comic opera, "Mikado."
During the First World War
Sh. also was co-director of the Yiddish variety houses
and theatre in London.
Sh. also verbally turned
over much information for the "Theatre Lexicon" about
the first Yiddish actors and productions in London.
In April 1932 Sh. passed
away in London.
In the necrology of London's
"Theatre Almanac," the following was said:
"One can say that Professor
Shtoyb is descended from the cradle of Yiddish Theatre
in London. It was a joy to see at the conductor's stand
the imposing, slender figure of Prof. Shtoyb in the
Per his great musical
knowledge, he still had an advantage. He possessed an
enormous love for Yiddish Theatre, and he served it with
all his efforts. He was very modest, and he earned his
applause. He did not willingly accept it. He played with
virtually all of the actors from America, and from the
Continent. His biography was rich in episodes and
accounts of Yiddish Theatre.
Prof. Shtoyb had a large
archive of Yiddish Theatre. Regrettably this valuable
collection was destroyed during a Nazi action. It is
still worth mentioning that his daughter is a talented
actress on the English sage, and she is known to the
English public under the name of "Dorothy Stars."
Morris Meyer writes:
"When one writes of Yiddish
Theatre in London, one must also not forget Ferdinand
Shtoyb. He was for many decades the conductor in the
Pavilion Theatre. However, he was more than a conductor
He took a great interest in the productions, and in the
existence of Yiddish theatre in general."
M. E. and Sh.
E. from Sh. Y. Dorfman
"Yiddish Theatre in London," London, 1942, p.
Almanac," London, 1943, pp. 57-58.