James William Whitbread

(1847—1916) theatre manager and playwright

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(1847–1916), an English actor-manager who leased the Queen's Royal Theatre in Dublin from 1880 to 1907. He altered the staple diet of Irish popular drama, largely supplied by English touring companies, by writing and producing political melodramas that appealed greatly to Dublin audiences. These included Shoulder to Shoulder (1886), The Nationalist (1891), Spectres of the Past (1893), Wolfe Tone (1898), and The Irish Dragoon (1905).

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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