America's First Professional Theatrical Club - Established in 1874
ABOUT THE LAMBS
What is The Lambs?
The Lambs® is America's First Professional Theatrical Club, established in New York in 1874. 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 professionals of the entertainment industry and the arts. Performers, directors, writers, artists and technicians of the entertainment industry gather to celebrate their commonality. The Club is a place where members 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 their 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.
Established Christmas week, 1874, and incorporated May 1877,The Lambs opened before the Brooklyn Bridge and was operation before the NYC Subway system.
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 and Albert Hague, the Academy Award winning actor Cliff Robertson, and actor James Karen. Current luminaries are Abe Vigoda, Joyce Randolph ('Trixie' of The Honeymooners), and the Tony/Emmy/Grammy Award winning conductor/arranger, Donald Pippin. A Consolidated Roster of all members, and a list of current members can be found in the main menu.
Commonly known as The Lambs Club for over 137 years, The Lambs has never ceased to exist, nor has it licensed its name (read disclaimer)
Learn more about The Lambs on our history page.