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Alec Baron

Alec Baron (1913-1991) was born in 1913 in Leeds, the youngest child of Russian Jews who came to Leeds to escape the pogroms. Always interested in films and theatre, he set up and ran the first Film Society outside of London with his friends while still in high school. He served in the army during the Second World War and in addition to his active duty as a tank driver, he set up a concert party which toured with the United Kingdom's Entertainments National Service Association. After the war, Mr. Baron took over the running of the family tailoring business, married and started a family. He directed many successful amateur productions including a play he wrote in collaboration with Louis Saipe, They Came to Leeds, which was based on the experiences of Jewish immigrants to Leeds at the turn of the century, and ran to packed houses. In 1960 he was one of the founders of The Leeds Theatre Campaign, and when the first Leeds Playhouse was set up (next to the University) as a result of their efforts, he gave up the tailoring business and became its first Administrator. Upon leaving the Playhouse, Mr. Baron began a new career as a writer for radio, T.V., and the theatre as well as a regular column in the Arts Yorkshire. Television includes Coronation Street and The Two Ronnies. His plays have been performed professionally in London, Edinburgh, Johannesburg, and Jerusalem among other places. His experience directing encouraged him to write a number of short plays particularly suitable for amateur groups which can be performed by small groups without the need for extensive sets or elaborate costumes. These plays include Asylum and Chimera, both published by Samuel French. Mr. Baron died in Leeds in 1991.


Samuel French Titles by Alec Baron