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Thomas 'Jupiter' Harris: Spinning dark intrigue at Covent Garden theatre, 1767-1820

Warren Oakley


This is the first biography of Thomas Harris (1738-1820). Until now, little has been known about his life. He was most visible as the man who controlled Covent Garden theatre for nearly five decades, one of only two venues in London allowed by law to perform spoken drama. Harris presided over one of the most eventful periods in the history of the English stage; uncovering his involvement provides new perspectives upon landmark events in London’s history. But this career was only one of many: he became the confidant of George III, a philanthropist, sexual suspect, and a brothel owner in the und ... More

Keywords: Thomas Harris, Covent Garden theatre, theatre management, philanthropist, sexual suspect, government news, eighteenth-century London, Secret Service, radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526129123
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526129123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warren Oakley, author
former research fellow of the Folger Institute, Washington DC, and visiting fellow of the Houghton, Harvard University