About Owen Hall
Owen Hall was the pen name of James Davis an Irish-born 19th and early 20th century theatre writer and theatre critic James Davis when writing for the stage. He wrote the librettos for several very successful musical comedies, including Florodora, A Gaiety Girl, The Geisha and A Greek Slave.
James Davis practiced as a solicitor for twelve years before becoming a drama critic. He unsuccessfully contested the constituency of Dundalk as a Conservative, in 1880.
According to Louis Hyman in Jews of Ireland, he was born in 1848 in London, and his father came to Dublin in 1849. The date of birth in 1853 cannot be correct, because in the Dublin Hebrew Congregation revord of births, he has a brother born on 12/3/1853. (Jeff Maynard)