Selwyn's Theatre

Selwyn's Theatre (1867–1870) of Boston, Massachusetts, was established by British-born actor John H. Selwyn.[1][2][3] Architect Benjamin F. Dwight designed the building.[4] Personnel included Dexter H. Follet, Arthur Cheney,[5] H.A. M'Glenen, Charles R. Thorne Jr., and Charles Koppitz.[6] In 1871 Selwyn's was renamed the "Globe Theatre."[5]

Portrait of John Selwyn, proprietor



  1. ^ Boston Directory. 1868
  2. ^ WorldCat. Selwyn, John H. 1836-1873
  3. ^ John H. Selwyn (nee John Josephs), born in Hereford, England in 1836. Came to U.S. in 1854. Worked as an actor at Boston Theatre, as scenic artist at Niblo's Garden, New York; as manager of Olympic theatre in New York, New-Orleans Olympic theatre, and Chestnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. ("Obituary: John H. Selwyn, Actor." New York Times, February 5, 1873
  4. ^ Benjamin Franklin Dwight (d.1893). American Architect and Building News, Oct. 14, 1893
  5. ^ a b Richard Herndon and Edwin Bacon, ed. (1892), Boston of to-day: a glance at its history and characteristics. With biographical sketches and portraits of many of its professional and business men, Boston: Post Pub. Co., OCLC 4430662, OL 7162628M
  6. ^ The history of the Boston Theatre, 1854-1901, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908, OCLC 1384867, OL 7196562M
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1

Further readingEdit

Detail of map of Boston in 1869, showing Selwyn's Theatre on Washington Street, near Boylston Street
  • Justin Winsor, ed. (1881), The Memorial History of Boston, v.4, Boston: Ticknor and Company, OCLC 1838124, OL 24155402M
  • Henry Austin Clapp (1902), Reminiscences of a dramatic critic, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, OCLC 331260, OL 6917028M
  • Arthur Hornblow (1919), A history of the theatre in America from its beginnings to the present time, Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, OCLC 1805152, OL 6621884M
  • King, Donald C. (2005), The theatres of Boston, Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co., ISBN 0-7864-1910-5, OL 3392044M, 0786419105

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