Emma Cons

(1838—1912) social reformer and theatre manager

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(b. London, 4 March 1838; d. London, 24 July 1912) Philanthropist. She was involved for most of her life in social work in south London, and was one of the first female members of the London County Council. In 1880 she took over the Royal Victoria Hall to create the first temperance music hall in London. Its programme of scientific and cultural lectures developed into Morley College for adult education; its programme of music, ballad concerts, opera and drama established the Old Vic as a centre of culture, a tradition continued after Cons' death by her niece, Lilian Baylis.

From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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