Lewis Hallam Jr. is an England-born American theater manager, son of Lewis Hallam, one of the pioneers of Theater in the United States.
Hallam, Lewis was born in 1740 in in England, circa. Son of Lewis Hallam.
3 children including Mirvan.
In 1769, he performed "Dear Heart! What a Terrible Life I Am Led", the first documented white stage performance of an African American-styled song. Hallam came to America in 1752, with his family, and first performed in The Merchant of Venice in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was the "earliest known American Hamlet and (played) Arsaces, the hero of the first professionally produced American play, The Prince of Parthia" in 1752.
Hallam continued to work in American theatre throughout his life, except for a period, during the American Revolutionary War, when he moved to the West Indies. The theater building at Prince George's Community College in Maryland is named the Hallam Theater.
Married twice; married second, Miss Tuke, circa 1793.