The Company of Four

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There were two acting groups who called themselves The Company of Four.

The Company of Four, Port Elizabeth

The founding of the Company of Four was in 19??.

According to the March 1985, edition of Scenaria magazine (Issue no 50), The Company of Four assumed the name of the Amateur Theatre Guild from 1951 till 1958 when it became the Port Elizabeth Theatre Guild.

June 1952: The Company of Four produced Antigone by Jean Anouilh with Maurice Weightman and Will Jamieson in the Arts Hall, Port Elizabeth.

June 1953: The Company of Four was one of the organisations which participated in the play King Henry VIII which was staged at the Feather Market Hall to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


Antigone The Company of Four theatre programme, June 1952.

The Company of Four, Cape Town

The later group, The Company of Four was a theatre production company founded by René Ahrenson, Donald Inskip, Leonard Schach and Cecilia Sonnenberg making its bow at the Baxter Theatre with The Homecoming in 1977.

Subsequent productions included The Price (1978), Paradise is Closing Down, What the Butler Saw (1979), The Dresser (1980), Beecham (1981), 84 Charing Cross Road (1981), Children of a Lesser God (1982-3), Pack of Lies (1983).


Tucker, 1997.

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