André Roothman

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André Roothman (19**-). Bilingual (English and Afrikaans) actor on stage, television and film. Teacher.

His first name also found as Andre Roothman in many articles, reviews etc.


He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a BA degree in 1978.


He was a teacher in Cape Town until he joined CAPAB in 1983.

Teacher of drama at the Cloetesville Secondary School and ran their Drama Group till 1983*?. Also acted for Ben Dehaeck and the Klein Libertas Teater. In 1983 became a professional actor, and starred in numerous plays (e.g. as Provost in Measure for Measure, Maynardville (1987)), TV series and films.

Quoted from My Zinc Bed programme notes: 'With unorthodox beginnings in community-based satirical theatre (The Breughel Theatre) during the 1970's, André has explored national television options in Arende and Ballade vir 'n Enkeling. André has, however, always felt at home on our stages which serve the immediate needs of our country's transformation.'

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

With Ben Dehaeck he was a founder of Eksperimentele Teater Stellenbosch.

Acted in The Gingerbread Man.

André appeared on stage in productions of Thyestes (Libertas Teaterklub 1978), Knickerbocker Knockabout (CAPAB 1983), Vrede (CAPAB 1983), Laat-Februarie 1922 (CAPAB 1983), Why Strelitzias Can’t Fly (CAPAB 1983, Rain (CAPAB 1983), On the Razzle (CAPAB 1983), Falstaff (CAPAB 1984, Francis (1985), Die Wildsboudjie (CAPAB 1985), a production in Afrikaans of Antigone (by Sophocles) (CAPAB 1985), The Broken Heart (mid-1980s), The Good Soldier Svejk (CAPAB 1986), The Horse Thief (CAPAB 1986),Die Jakkalsstreke van Scapino (CAPAB 1986), The Comedy of Errors (Maynardville 1986), Fiela se Kind (CAPAB 1986), Ubu Roi (1987), Ghetto (CAPAB 1987), Measure for Measure (CAPAB 1987), Gulls (CAPAB 1987), The Seagull (as Dorn CAPAB 1987), Aap in die Mou (CAPAB 1988), Die Droomkotiljons (1988), Hond se Gedagte (CAPAB 1988), a production of Tartuffe in Afrikaans (CAPAB 1988), Romeo and Juliet (Maynardville 1988), Everything in the Garden (as Bill, CAPAB 1988), Elizabeth I (CAPAB 1988), Shakespeare's Macbeth (CAPAB 1989), Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Maynardville 1989), Long Day's Journey into Night (CAPAB 1989.

From 1990 onwards he acted in productions of Much Ado about Nothing (Oude Libertas Theatre and Maynardville 1990), Richard II (CAPAB 1990, Thark (CAPAB 1990), Sky en Czech (1991-1992), Mis (as Konstabel, 1992-1993), Antony and Cleopatra (CAPAB 1993), Fiddler on the Roof (as Tevye, 1995), The Taming of the Shrew (CAPAB 1996), Macbeth (as Macbeth, CAPAB 1996), Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (CAPAB 1997), Jobias (in the title role, 1998), As You Like It (Maynardville 1999.

He acted in two productions of Drif; for CAPAB in 1994 and for Dubbelpunt Produksies in 2015. He performed in a production of Drift, the author's translation into English, for CAPAB in 1996.

Other productions include Die Goue Seun (KKNK 2002), My Zinc Bed (as Victo Quinn, 2005), Mooi Maria (Impresario production 2011), Moeder Moed en Haar Kinders (Aardklop and KKNK 2014 and 2015), Die Nag van Legio (at Innibos 2017).

Voete van Goud Afrikaans television drama series on SABC2, first episode in November 1998; Short film Starstruck 2001.

Awards, etc.

He was the winner of a Vita Award (Cape region, award year 1995) for his role in ‘’Drif’’.

He had Fleur du Cap nominations as best supporting actor in two productions of ‘’Drif’’, in 1994 and 2016.


My Zinc Bed programme notes, 2005.

Theatre programmes of various productions.

The Star, 20 Sept 2011.

Wikipedia (Afrikaans) [1].

IMDb [2].

TVSA [3].

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