Albert Lucas

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Albert Lucas (??-1911) was an actor active in South Africa in the late 1880s and early 1890s.


Married to the actress Lilla Wilde, who also performed in South Africa.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Apparently he and his wife were initially employed by Edgar Perkins as a leading actress for of one his companies in the North of the country, but when the company disbanded in 1891, he joined a scratch company performing in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town. The season of plays he appeared in on this occasion included The Idler (Chambers), The Silver King (Jones and Herman), Mr Barnes of New York (Gunter/Collier-Edwards) and Forget-me-Not (Merivale and Grove).

According to D.C. Boonzaier (1923) the season in the Vaudeville Theatre was not well supported, nor were productions the couple later staged, possibly because of the Cape Town public's indifference to so-called "scratch companies" at the time. In fact Boonzaier mentions an intended performance of a few one act plays in the Claremont Town Hall which did not get one patron.

The couple also went on to perform in Australia and New Zealand in the mid 1890s, and later returned to England to continue their careers there. Lucas died in 1911.


"The late Mr Albert Lucas" The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 28 October, 1911 Page 13. Trove[1]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.391-2

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