Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Harris Feinberg


Born in Neishtat Shervint (Władysławów ), Suwalki region, Poland, to poor parents. Father -- a non-professional cantor. At the age of fourteen, he immigrated to England, settled in Manchester with his father, but not seeing any purpose, decided to take up a job and became a tailor of raincoats. A short time later he dervust against a Yiddish club, where actors (Lazar Jacobowitz, Shraga, Fishman, Max Rosenthal, Rudolf Marks et al) were acting in theatre, in the beginning was an errand boy for them, then entered into the chorus, and then was teh club closed, he went out to London, and here he again found a club (direction -- Smith), where he joined in and acted with Jacob P. Adler, and remained there acting. After the fire of December 1886, most of the actors went to America, and the remaining, among them F., went away to Leeds, where they began again to act in Yiddish theatre in a club. Two years later F., became through the directors Flash and Yarikhovski returned back to work in London, in Weincourt Club, where he had the possibility to perform in prominent roles. When the club closed, F. acted with various troupes with various opportunities, until the actors Charles Nathanson, Jacob Silber and Sam Wallerstein came to America, until it managed to get the "Standard" Theatre, but only for matinee performances.

F. from then on the opportunity to not only act in London with all of the actors and guest-starring actors, but he also acted in South Africa, Paris and Belgium.

photo: Poster for the first Yiddish productions in England.


F. passed away in London.

Morris Meyer characterized him as such:

"Harris Feinberg had in his youth acted first in dramatic roles. He possessed dense ament and expressions of emotion, but I had felt in him a wider culture. He also had committed this error, that he used a strong look, that had quickly transformed his voice organ. In the later years, he had only acted in roles of older Jews".

Sh. E.

  • Morris Meyer -- "Idish teater in london", London, 1942, p. 326.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5101.

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