The Lambs ® is America’s First Professional Theatrical Club, established in New York in 1874. As a social club, The Lambs nurtures those active in the arts, as well as those who are supporters of the arts, by providing fellowship, activities and a clubhouse for its members.
The Lambs was named after a club by the same name in London, England, which flourished between 1869-1879. The Club’s name honors the essayist Charles Lamb, and his sister Mary, who, during the early 1800’s, played host to actors and literati at their famed salon in London.
The Lambs is a social gathering place for entertainment industry and art professionals. Performers, directors, writers, artists and technicians of the entertainment industry gather to celebrate their commonality, in a place where they come to enjoy each others’ company, and to display and hone their crafts in an atmosphere of creativity and support, and to nurture creative endeavors.
Historically, The Lambs has been the spawning ground of plays, friendships and partnerships. Mark Twain Tonight (with Hal Holbrook) and Stalag 17 were first performed at The Lambs prior to national success. Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe first met at the Club and teamed to make theatrical history, often trying works-in-progress on their fellow Lambs. The Lambs has been recognized by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and by Pope John Paul II.
Established Christmas week of 1874, and incorporated on May 10, 1877, The Lambs opened before the Brooklyn Bridge and was in operation before the NYC Subway system. Lambs were involved in the formation of The Actors’ Fund of America, ASCAP, Actors’ Equity, Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA.
Since its founding, there have been more than 6,000 Lambs, including such greats as Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa, Fred Waring, Albert Hague, the Academy Award winning actor Cliff Robertson, and actor James Karen. Current luminaries include Abe Vigoda, Joyce Randolph (‘Trixie’ of The Honeymooners), the Tony/Emmy/Grammy Award winning conductor/arranger, Donald Pippin, award-winning actors Ken Howard and Jim Dale, and the renowned portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler. A roster of all members may be found in the main menu. A complete history of The Lambs may be purchased HERE.
In late March, 2009, Marc Baron – then the Boy of The Lambs, now Shepherd – was interviewed by George Bodarky for WFUV radio (listen above). Commonly known as The Lambs Club for over 140 years, we have never ceased to exist nor licensed our name (disclaimer).