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Lilian Baylis
Birth: May 9, 1874
Death: Nov. 25, 1937

British Social Reformer, she is one of the greatest pioneers in the history of the British Theatre. She came to England from South Africa to help her aunt, Emma Cons, run the Old Vic Theatre in putting on popular temperance concerts for the working class, offering an alternative to the pub. She then took over its management after her aunt's death. Under her management, every Shakespeare play was produced between 1913 and 1923 and she staged operas and ballets at the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells. Her work laid the foundation for both the National Theatre and the English National Opera. In 1928 she employed Ninette de Valois who created the ballet company that would eventually become the Royal Ballet. In 1924 Baylis was awarded an honorary Master's degree from Oxford University (only the second woman to receive one); and in 1929, she became a Companion of Honour, an honour awarded for service to the nation. (bio by: julia&keld) 
 
Burial:
East London Cemetery and Crematorium
Newham
London Borough of Newham
Greater London, England
Plot: ashes scattered, she asked to make no grave or memorial
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: julia&keld
Record added: Nov 11, 2007
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Lilian Baylis
Added by: julia&keld
 
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