◆ SAM HAGUE'S SLAVE TROUPE // also known as SAM HAGUE'S GEORGIA MINSTRELS SLAVE TROUPE, SAM HAGUE'S GEORGIA SLAVE MINSTRELS; and SAM HAGUE'S SLAVE TROUPE MINSTRELS. One of the outstanding minstrel troupes, active 1865/70. Organized under the proprietorship and management of ∘ Sam Hague, a well-known English minstrel man and clog dancer. This troupe toured the Northeast (including Providence, RI) for one season prior to sailing permanently for Liverpool, England, where it played in London and opened at the Th. Royal in Aug. 1866. Among the company were * Japanese Tommy (a popular dwarf entertainer and female impersonator, billed as the prima donna of the show), Sam Pride ( banjoist), J. E. Johnson, and Messrs. Mallory, Slater, Booker, Neil, Solomon, and Fernando. * Aaron Banks and * Billy Richardson joined the troupe for a brief period. * Charles Hicks and * Bob Height, along with several members of their Hicks & Height's Georgia Minstrels troupe [see HICKS' GEORGIA MINSTRELS], which had toured Europe in 1869-70, also became a part of Hague's troupe for one year while they were abroad. In 1870, Sam Hague Slave Troupe was reorganized as an integrated company and opened what was to be its "permanent home" at the St. James Th. in Liverpool.
HAMBONE JONES COMPANY.SeeAppendix B(2)II.
• HAMPTON COMMUNICATIONS THEATRE // preceded by the HAMPTON PLAYERS and the HAMPTON DRAMATIC CLUB, Hampton Inst. (now Univ.), Hampton, VA. This theatre group, active since 1926, was one of the pioneer academic groups cited by † Benjamin Brawley ( Neg. Genius, p.