André Samuels

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André Samuels (1957-). Actor in theatre, film, radio and television.


Born 24 July 1957

He trained at the University of Cape Town Drama School (1979-1980), beginning a career as actor as a member of the CAPAB Drama Company in the mid-1990s. He has also worked for PACOFS, the Baxter Theatre and The Space and has done TV and radio work.

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

His many theatre credits include Die Tou, To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Margarida's Way (Baxter Theatre, 1981), A New Birth (1982), Tienuur Maak Die Deure Oop (as “Voorpraat”, PACOFS 1987), Elizabeth I (1988), Kinkels innie Kabel (1989), Die Park (1990), Dying Breed (CAPAB 1993), Jobias (1998), 'Buckingham Palace', District Six (2000-2001), Vatmaar (2003), Kanna hy kô Hystoe, Periandros van Korinthe and Green Man Flashing (inspector Abrahams of the SAPD), Die Van Aardes van Grootoor (KKNK 2004), Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (2007) (as Pa Nick, Oupa Frank and step-Oupa Theo Gallant), Cissie (2008), Bartho Smit’s Die Keiser (KKNK 2008), Die Krismis van Map Jacobs (2010),

Children's shows include Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and various others.

He has taken part in various national school tours of Shakespearean works including King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Othello.

He participated in several productions at Maynardville, such as Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Maynardville 1989), Much Ado about Nothing (1990), Love's Labour's Lost (Maynardville 1991), The Merry Wives of Windsor (CAPAB 1991), The Merchant of Venice (Maynardville 1992), Antony and Cleopatra (CAPAB 1993), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Maynardville 1993), A Midsummer Night's Dream (in a joint production with the Handspring Puppet Company 1988-9 and at Maynardville 1995, playing the role of Snug), The Tempest (as Francisco, Maynardville 1994).

He had a role in the radio drama Hashtag Hasepad broadcast on RSG in 2015.

His television work includes roles in Sexy Girls, Beelde, Vuurtoring, Zap-Zap, “Errol” in The Piano (one of the episodes in the Heartlines series), and he has appeared in the German feature film Of Love and Death.

André is one of the founder members and later vice-chairman of the Cape Heart Community and Educational Theatre Company

Awards, etc


A Midsummer Night's Dream programme notes in 1995 at Maynardville.

The Star, 12 May 2009.

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