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GERMAN REED ENTERTAINMENT

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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 800 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GERMAN REED ENTERTAINMENT  . The dramatic and musical entertainment which for many years was known in
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London by the title of " German Reed " was a form of theatrical enterprise deserving of
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commemoration in connexion with those who made it successful . Mr THOMAS GERMAN REED (born in Bristol in 1817, died 1888) married in 1844
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Miss PRISCILLA HORTON (1818-1895), and in 1855 they started their entertainment at the "Gallery of
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Illustration," in
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Waterloo Place, London . From 186o to 1877 they were assisted by JOHN ORLANDO PARRY (1810-1879), an accomplished pianoforte player, mimic, parodist and humorous singer; and the latter created a new type of musical and dramatic monologue which became very popular . His tradition was carried on after 187o by Mr CORNEY GRAIN (1844-1895), who, as a
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clever, refined, and yet highly humorous society entertainer (originally a
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barrister), was one of the best-known figures of his day . After the retirement of the elder German Reeds, their son,
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ALFRED GERMAN REED (1846-1895), himself a capital actor, carried on the business in partnership with Corney Grain . The " German Reed Entertainment "—which was always patronized by a large class of
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people, many of whom objected on principle to going or taking their children to a
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regular theatre or a
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music-hall--retained its vogue for
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forty years at Waterloo Place and at the St George's Hall, Regent Street . But the
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death of Mr Corney Grain almost simultaneously with Mr Alfred German Reed, in 1895, together with the changed public attitude towards the regular theatre, ended its career .

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