Children of the Ghetto

Henry Goodman, Beverley Klein, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Kerry Shale

26/02/2006 2:00 pm
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Children of the Ghetto is Israel Zangwill’s epic tale of Jewish life in London, published in1892, describing both the poverty of the East End and the wealthy lives of the established Jews in the West End. Zangwill drew on his experiences of growing up in Whitechapel to paint a detailed and understanding picture of the lives of the immigrants.

Children of the Ghetto is both a landmark work of modern Jewish fiction as well as an essential late Victorian text. In the one-off reading, Henry Goodman and fellow actors brought to life Zangwill’s vivid and realistic descriptions of the Jewish East End.

Henry Goodman


Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor, twice recipient of the Laurence Olivier award and winner of the London Critics’ Circle Award. He has recently starred in Trevor Nunn’s Volpone.

Beverley Klein

Beverley Klein is a wonderful actress and a JBW regular. She has performed in Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Candide, Romeo and Juliet and many more.

Tracy-Ann Oberman


Tracy Ann Oberman is an English television, theatre and radio actress. Having trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Oberman spent four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before joining the National Theatre. She was recently seen performing as the lead inFiddler On The Roof at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Tracy has just been seen as a lead in Ridley Road. She is well known for her performances in Friday Night Dinner and It’s A Sin. 

Tracy is also a column contributor for The Guardian and was a regular contributor to the Jewish Chronicle and Red Magazine. As a playwright she has written a number of well received Radio 4 plays, including Bette and Joan, Baby Jane and most recently That Dinner of 67. 

Kerry Shale

Kerry Shale is a Canadian actor and writer. He has performed solo shows in Edinburgh, London, and Off Broadway, played in many films - The Jacket, Jude, Little Shop of Horrors and Yentl.- and acted in over a hundred radio plays, read Bill Bryson\'s travel books, has won a Sony Award as Best Radio Actor. He has written articles for The Guardian and Word Magazine, a BAFTA-nominated video game for Sony, columns for BBC Radio 4\'s Front Row.