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Yiddish Theatre in London

Working closely with Judaica Europeana the Jewish Museum is proud to launch a new online exhibit, Yiddish Theatre in London.

Yiddish Theatre in London is a virtual exhibition hosted on the Europeana website showing a unique collection of photographs, documents and objects held at the Jewish Museum. The exhibition explores the rich theatre form brought by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century which resulted in the blossoming of Yiddish theatres in London in the early 20th century.

Plays were performed in Yiddish ranging from comedy to tragedy, drawing on Yiddish folk tales, adaptations of Shakespeare and stories of immigrant life. The early 20th century was the heyday of Yiddish theatre in London, with packed theatres and long queues for tickets.

In this virtual exhibition you can find out about the people, buildings and plays that made Yiddish theatre in London so special, as well as explore the unique collection of Yiddish theatre photographs, documents and objects.

The Judaica Europeana Project works to identify content that documents the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe, enabling wide public access through the Europeana online portal.

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