George Broadhurst

George Howells Broadhurst (June 3, 1866 – January 31, 1952) was an Anglo-American theatre owner/manager, director, producer and playwright.

Broadhust from a 1922 ad
Poster for Broadhurst's "What Happened to Jones," 1897 (Library of Congress)


Broadhurst was born in Walsall, England, and in 1882 emigrated to the United States where, while working for the Chicago Board of Trade,[1] he began writing plays. He later moved into production and direction.

He also managed theatres in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and San Francisco, and in 1917 in partnership with the Shubert brothers he built and opened the famous Broadhurst Theatre in New York. He staged a number of plays in his eponymous theatre until 1924, and continued to co-own the theatre with the Shuberts until his death in 1952.

He is buried in Santa Barbara, California.


Broadhurst wrote the farces What Happened to Jones, The Wrong Mr Wright, and Why Smith Left Home, and plays The Speculator, Bought and Paid For, The Law of the Land, and The Crimson Alibi.[1]


  1. ^ a b "George Broadhurst's Plays". The Herald (Melbourne). Victoria, Australia. 7 February 1920. p. 2. Retrieved 17 January 2020 – via Trove.

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