Dicky Longhurst

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Dicky Longhurst (1952-2015). Designer, Stage manager.


Dicky was born and raised in Kroonstad. He died on his 63rd birthday in Cape Town 2015. He had a son, Sean.


Studied fine arts at the University of the Orange Free State, graduating in 1970.


Joined PACOFS as graphic artist in 1972, appointed stage manager in 1973. Joined the Little Theatre, Cape Town, in 1976. Became resident designer for CAPAB in 1978. Dicky made his debut with NAPAC in 1985 designing costumes for The Canterbury Tales, which was presented at the old Alhambra Theatre.

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

Designed The Millionairess (1973), Mooi Maria (PACOFS 1980), Present Laughter (1987), Canterbury Tales (1985), Gulls, Ain't Misbehavin' (1990), Die Joiner, Mother to Mother, Die Proponentjie, As You Like It, Cardenio, Come Back, Little Sheba, A Flea in her Ear, The Importance of Being Earnest, On the Razzle, Tartuffe, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Blue Iris, Kermis op Koekenmoer.

Awards, etc

Nominated for a Fleur du Cap for his design for The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, 2005.


Ain't Misbehavin' programme notes, 1990.

Tribute written by Melvyn Minnaar published in Die Burger, 21 November 2015.

Tribute written by Murray McGibbon [1].

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