- A person who organizes and presents theatrical entertainments,especially musical productions. An impresario is often a manager ofa theater or production company and may be a financial backer or angel.
Famous impresarios have included the 19th-century AmericanP. T. Barnum and, in the British theater, the brothers PrinceLittler (1901 - 73) and Emile Littler (1903 - 85), who stagednumerous pantomimes and US musicals after World War II. They eventuallyowned nearly half the West End theaters. Another formidable impresariowas their contemporary Binkie Beaumont who, as co-founder and managingdirector of H. M. Tennent Ltd, once had 14 productions running simultaneouslyin London. The best known impresario in the contemporary British theater isSir Cameron Mackintosh, who currently owns seven of the historicWest End theaters.