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Theatre patron Annie Horniman

Theatre Pioneer Annie Horniman

Annie Elizabeth Fredericka Horniman (3 October 1860 – 6 August 1937) was born at Surrey Mount, Forest Hill, London, in 1860.

She was the elder child of Frederick John Horniman and his first wife Rebekah; Frederick was a tea merchant and the museum's founder.

She is most well known for using £25,000 of the family's tea fortune to buy Manchester's Gaiety Theatre, intent on bringing classics and new locally written plays to working class audiences.

Annie was an English theatre patron and manager. She established the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and founded the first regional repertory theatre company in Britain at the Gaiety Theatre in Manchester.

She encouraged the work of new writers and playwrights, including W. B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and members of what became known as the Manchester School of Dramatists.