Jane Scott (theatre manager)
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Jane M. Scott (1779–1839) was a British theatre manager, performer, and playwright.
With her father, John Scott (1752–1838), Jane developed the Sans Pareil Theatre (later named the Adelphi), where they offered music and light shows. They gathered a theatrical company and by 1809 the theatre was licensed for musical entertainments, pantomime, and burletta.
The Sans Pareil was significant in the move towards "free" theatre and away from the monopolies that dominated licensed theatre at the time. Jacky Bratton credits Scott's role in London theatre: "She had her finger on the pulse of a new world of entertainment for all, and her management of the theatre she created is important for its responsive and intelligent reading of the new audiences and the provision of exciting work for them to enjoy."
Scott retired in 1819 and married John Davies Middleton (1790–1867). She lived in Surrey until her death, in 1839, aged 59 or 60, from breast cancer.
- Bratton, Jacky. "Scott , Jane Margaret (bap. 1779, d. 1839)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. 30 November 2006.
- The Adelphi Theatre: The 1806-1807 Season
- Whackham and Windham, The Wrangling Lawyers with Introduction by Jacky Bratton and with an Editorial Note by Michael Eberle-Sinatra; British Women Playwrights around 1800 (15 October 1998).
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