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Barnett Levey Barnett Levey i(A100097 works by) (a.k.a. Barnett Levy)
Born: Established: 1798 London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 2 Oct 1837 Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: Dec 1821
Heritage: Jewish
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1 To the Editor of the Sydney Monitor Barnett Levey , 1837 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 31 March vol. 12 no. 1015 1837; (p. 3)

Barnett Levey contradicts the rumour that he has leased the Theatre Royal to anyone else. He states that he has spent a substantial amount of money on the theatre in preparation for its re-opening and declares his intention to conduct the theatre 'with respectability' and to make it 'convenient to a liberal public'.

1 Theatre Royal, Sydney Barnett Levey , 1836 single work advertisement
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 25 May vol. 11 no. 901 1836; (p. 3)
An advertisement placed by Barnett Levey advises the public that he, 'being the Founder of the Drama in this part of the world', is again taking over the management of the Theatre Royal.
1 Theatre Royal, Sydney Barnett Levey , 1834 single work advertisement
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 19 April vol. 8 no. 682 1834; (p. 3)
An advertisement placed by Barnett Levey giving an account of the problems facing the Theatre Royal. Levey explicitly states that he is leaving his partner, Joseph Simmons, 'to fight his own battle'.
1 Harlequin Sailor ; Or, The Miser's Daughter Barnett Levey , 1833 single work musical theatre pantomime fantasy Harlequin Sailor was staged as part of an entertainment program put on by Barnett Levey to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sydney's Theatre Royal (known initially as the Royal Hotel). The other feature production was Shakespeare's Richard III.

The pantomime was played out in 10 scenes, these being: 1. The Miser's Cottage; 2. The Exterior of the Miser's Cottage and Sea View (with song); 3. The temple of Peace; 4. The Cabinetmaker's Shop; 5. Cook Shop, with a variety of tricks; 6. An Inn on Fire; 7. A Doctor's Shop - Tooth Drawing; 8. A Milner's Shop; 9. A Butcher's Shop; and 10. The Temple of Peace.


1 The Three Wishes ; Or, Harlequin and the Black Pudding Barnett Levey , 1833 single work musical theatre pantomime fantasy Possibly adapted, updated and localised from Harlequin and the Three Wishes; Or, Puck and the Black Pudding, which was first staged at London's Old Vic in July 1823 (and featured Joseph Grimaldi in one of his famous Clown roles).
1 Theatre Royal, Sydney Barnett Levey , 1833 single work advertisement
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 27 November vol. 8 no. 622 1833; (p. 3)
An advertisement placed by Barnett Levey inviting 'the assistance of one or more respectable gentleman of small capital, to join him in the concern [Theatre Royal], and with whom, he will be happy to treat on liberal terms'.
1 Theatre Royal, Sydney Barnett Levey , 1833 single work advertisement
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 2 October vol. 8 no. 606 1833; (p. 1)
An advertisement placed in the Sydney Monitor on a number of occasions announcing the re-opening of the Theatre Royal on 5 October 1833.
1 Theatre Royal, Sydney Barnett Levey , 1833 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 23 March vol. 8 no. 570 1833; (p. 1)
Barnett Levey advises patrons that the present season at the temporary Theatre Royal will close in one week. After that time, it will only be open for performers' benefits.
1 2 Mr Levey and the Theatre Barnett Levey , 1833 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 27 March vol. 8 no. 571 1833; (p. 2)
Barnett Levey refutes the claim that he will not employ as actors those originally who came to New South Wales as convicts. He notes that he minds his own business and suggests others do likewise.
1 Theatre Royal, Sydney Barnett Levey , 1832 single work advertisement
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 22 August vol. 7 no. 509 1832; (p. 3)
An advertisement placed by Barnett Levey acquainting the public with the information that he intends to be 'At Home' for a few nights only prior to the opening of the Theatre Royal, Sydney.
1 Untitled Barnett Levey , 1832 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Monitor , 21 July vol. 7 no. 500 1832; (p. 3)
Barnett Levey corrects the statement made in the Sydney Monitor of 11 July 1832 that Governor Bourke is to be the patron of Levey's theatre. The governor had simply granted an operating licence for the theatre.

(The original statement in the Monitor comprises a brief two-sentence report. Click here to read the report under the heading 'Domestic Intelligence'.)
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