Benefit Performance

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As a general term a Benefit Performance is defined as "a theatrical or musical performance in aid of charity" (Collins English Dictionary[1])

In earlier theatrical usage, this term originally referred to a performance where the proceeds go to supplement a performer's income, or in some cases in aid of a performer or his/her family when in distress. On occasion also for other general community welfare or humanitarian causes, e.g. as a contribution to the war effort or for the succour of survivors of a shipwreck.

The practice of having benefit performances or benefit evenings for individual performers was very common in the 19h century, especially among the English amateurs and officers of the Garrison.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928[2]

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