Image Source: Wikipedia

Augustin Daly

John Augustin Daly (July 20, 1838 – June 7, 1899) was one of the most influential men in American theatre during his lifetime. Drama critic, theatre manager, playwright, and adapter, he became the first recognized stage director in America. He exercised a fierce and tyrannical control over all aspects of his productions. His rules of conduct for actors and actresses imposed heavy fines for late appearances and forgotten lines and earned him the title "the autocrat of the stage." He formed a permanent company in New York and opened Daly's Theatre in New York in 1879 and a second one in London in 1893.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 20th, 1838 (Plymouth), Died June 7th, 1899 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899

Roles Represented in DAHR: adapter


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 5016 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 Epilogue [from The country girl] Ada Rehan Dramatic recitation adapter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Daly, Augustin," accessed July 30, 2021,

Daly, Augustin. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from

"Daly, Augustin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier



Send the Editors a message about this record.