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The theatrical impresario and entrepreneur Dick Warner was born in Teplice in 1856. He arrived in England some time prior to the 1881 Census, as a widower. By the end of the 19th Century he had the largest theatrical agency in England, and had fathered a raft of smaller agencies headed by relatives. He raised funds for his public company on both the English stock exchange and in the USA.. Dick Warner was a generous and self-effacing man whose joy in life was to promote others and share his wealth. His remarkable character is mentioned in the memoirs of other men in the early 20th Century, including Footlight Memories by George W. Alltree, published by Sampson Low Marston and Co Ltd; Cues and Curtain Calls, by H. Chance Newton, published by John Lane and The Bodley Head; The Great Farini by Shane Peacock, Viking. He gave his Hebrew prayer book to the journalist Chance Newton shortly before his early death in 1914. His death was attributed to the grief of war. Through death he avoided the internment suffered by some of his Yiddish speaking friends.

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