Selwyn's Theatre

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Portrait of John Selwyn, proprietor

Selwyn's Theatre (1867–1870) of Boston, Massachusetts, was established by British-born actor John H. Selwyn.[1][2][3] Architect B.F. Dwight designed the building.[4] Personnel included Dexter H. Follet, Arthur Cheney,[5] H.A. M'Glenen, Charles R. Thorne Jr., and Charles Koppitz.[6] In 1871 Selwyn's was renamed the "Globe Theatre."[5]



  1. ^ Boston Directory. 1868
  2. ^ WorldCat. Selwyn, John H. 1836-1873
  3. ^ John H. Selwyn (nee John Josephs), born in Hereford, England in 1836. Came to U.S. in 1854. Worked as an actor at Boston Theatre, as scenic artist at Niblo's Garden, New York; as manager of Olympic theatre in New York, New-Orleans Olympic theatre, and Chestnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. ("Obituary: John H. Selwyn, Actor." New York Times, February 5, 1873
  4. ^ Benjamin Franklin Dwight (d.1893). American Architect and Building News, Oct. 14, 1893
  5. ^ a b Richard Herndon and Edwin Bacon, eds. (1892), Boston of to-day: a glance at its history and characteristics. With biographical sketches and portraits of many of its professional and business men, Boston: Post Pub. Co., OCLC 4430662
  6. ^ The history of the Boston Theatre, 1854-1901, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908, OCLC 1384867
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1

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Detail of map of Boston in 1869, showing Selwyn's Theatre on Washington Street, near Boylston Street

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Coordinates: 42°21′10.61″N 71°3′45.19″W / 42.3529472°N 71.0625528°W / 42.3529472; -71.0625528