Jacob Thomas Grein

Standard Name: Grein, Jacob Thomas
Used Form: J. T. Grein


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Literary responses Edith Lyttelton
The play received mixed responses. The most enthusiastic review came from J. T. Grein , founder of the Independent Theatre Society , in the Westminster Gazette: The miracle of miracles! Here we have upon...
Literary responses Emmuska, Baroness Orczy
When the stage version of The Scarlet Pimpernel did open in London, at the New Theatre , EBO and her husband were foolishly excited to see it advertised in huge letters on the side...
Literary responses Githa Sowerby
G. S. Street 's letter from the Lord Chamberlain's office recommending the play for licence observed sympathetically that [t]he emotions are subtle—too much so, I fear, for the ordinary critics and public.
Street, George Slythe. Letter from Lord Chamberlain’s Office recommending ’Sheila’ for licence.
He added (in...
Occupation Julia Frankau
JF was active in several fields as well as her successful writing career. She ran two businesses, and was a co-founder with J. T. Grein of the Independent Theatre , launched in February 1891 and...
Performance of text Henrik Ibsen
HI 's naturalist play Ghosts, which shocked audiences all over the world with its frank treatment of syphilis, had its first English performance, produced by J. T. Grein at the Royalty Theatre in London.
McFarlane, James, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen. Cambridge University Press.
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Roose-Evans, James. London Theatre from the Globe to the National. Phaidon.
Performance of text Elizabeth Robins
Alan's Wife, a play written by ER and Florence Bell , was produced by J. T. Grein 's Independent Theatre ; it was published by Henry and Co. the same year.
John, Angela V. Elizabeth Robins: Staging a Life, 1862-1952. Routledge.
87, 243
Performance of text George Bernard Shaw
GBS 's first play to receive a performance, Widowers' Houses, a socialist critique of landlords' exploitation of poor tenants, was privately produced at J. T. Grein 's Independent Theatre in London.
Innes, Christopher, editor. The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw. Cambridge University Press.
Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama, 1890-1990. Cambridge University Press.
Weintraub, Stanley, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 10. Gale Research.
Performance of text Christopher St John
CSJ 's first dramatic adaptation/translation, The Good Hope, done in collaboration with Jacob Thomas Grein , was produced by the Stage Society at the Imperial Theatre , London.
Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912-1976. Gale Research.
Nicoll, Allardyce. English Drama, 1900-1930. Cambridge University Press.
Cockin, Katharine. Edith Craig (1869-1947): Dramatic Lives. Cassell.
Textual Production Michael Field
Oscar Wilde , William Archer , and John Gray were in the audience on the opening night.
Field, Michael. “Introduction”. Sight and Song; with, Underneath the Bough, edited by R. K. R. Thornton and Ian Small, Woodstock Books.
Wilde had written to the authors with casting advice. He suggested they should have the theatre's founder, J. T. Grein


February 1891: Theatre producer and critic J. T. Grein founded...

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February 1891

Theatre producer and critic J. T. Grein founded the Independent Theatre Society in London to promote literary rather than commercial plays, and the new drama in particular.


Heijermans, Herman. The Good Hope. Translators St John, Christopher and Jacob Thomas Grein, Hendersons, 1921.