British actor, impresario, and dramatist. From 1879 until his death, he was manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. Nicknamed the "Father of Modern Pantomime", Punch magazine referred to him as "Augustus Druriolanus." He wrote several plays, some in collaboration with Henry Pettitt, Paul John Meritt, Henry Hamilton, Cecil Raleigh, and Robert Williams Buchanan, including: The World (his first production), Youth, Human Nature, A Run of Luck, The Spanish Armada, A Million of Money, The Prodigal Daughter, A Life of Pleasure, The Royal Oak, Burmah, produced on Broadway in 1896, and The Derby Winner, produced in the United States under the title The Sporting Duchess. Several of his plays were later produced as motion pictures. He was also active in politics and became a member of the London County Council, representing the Strand division. He was appointed sheriff in 1891 and deputy lieutenant of the city of London. He was knighted in 1891. He is also commemorated with a fountain at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Inscription: In fond memory of my beloved husband Augustus Henry Glossop Harris Knt. Born in Paris March 18th 1852 Fell asleep at Folkestone June 22nd 1896 The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Florence Edgcumbe Died 5th September 1914 Widow of the above Afterwards wife of Edward Terry.
Burial: Brompton Cemetery West Brompton Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Greater London, England
Created by: Margaret Orthodox Record added: Mar 12, 2009
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