Jane Scott

(1779—1839) theatre manager and actress

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(1779–1839) English playwright, manager, and performer, a founder of London's West End. In 1804 John Scott built a theatre, the Sans Pareil (Adelphi), for his daughter and her pupils; by 1807 she had a full dramatic company with whom she performed her work, tailored for the new middle-class and tourist audiences of the imperial capital. Of her more than 50 plays only one, The Old Oak Chest (1816), was printed, and played in illegal theatres for its radical suggestions; her work was highly various, mediating contemporary trends—Gothic and romantic as well as the radical—to an audience seeking entertainment.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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