Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

David Smith
(Shmidt)

 

Born circa 1830 in Plotsk, Poland. Circa 1867 arrived in London, and her became a butcher.

When Jacob P. Adler arrived in London, S. freed himself and had the opportunity to act in the "Hebrew Dramatic Club" on Princes Street, number 3 (London), as the police had called it, that they acted ostensibly only for the members of the club and expanded the removal of a special license was improper and not received locally(?)

S. had a great love for Yiddish theatre, and he soon became the financier for the troupe. By himself an illiterate person, he handed over the business management of the theatre to his son Avraham.

On 18 January 1887, during a production in the club, turmoil broke out there (the audience panicked due to a simulated on-stage fire that caused a panic -- ed.), which had precipitated the seventeen victims and prevented there the following performances.

B. Gorin relates: "In the Princes Club already there was performed a new tactic to pay the remaining actors, and that forces such as Adler had ... translation incomplete....

 

M. E. from his family, Jacob Katzman, Dinah Feinman, Prof. F. Stoyb .

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 48-50.

  • N. Brlin [di katastrofe in teater] -- "Di tsukunft", London, 21, 29 January 1887.

  • Jacob P. Adler -- "Meyn lebn", "Di naye varhayt", N. Y., ( May 1925.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1503.
 

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