Bertonov was born in 1879 in Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire, and acted in the theatre in Vilna (Vilnius) from 1902 to 1911. He established a Jewish amateur theatre group that performed in the Sholem Aleichem theatre in Moscow. He was also one of the founders of the Habima Theatre in Moscow in 1918, and was a director of the first play performed in that theatre.
He emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1928, together with the Habimah Theatre.
Awards and honours
- In 1959, Bertonov was awarded the Israel Prize, in theatre.
- The Bertonov Hall at the Habima Theatre is named after him.
- "Israel Prize recipients in 1959 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010.
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