Barney Simon was the artistic director and Mannie Manim was the administrative director within the Arena Theatre. It had a core company of actors – Aletta Bezuidenhout, Vanessa Cooke, Leonie Hofmeyr, David Eppel, Judith Cornell, Janice Honeyman, Sue Kiel, Danny Keogh, Lindsay Reardon and John Oakley-Smith.
In 1975 they presented Selle Ou Storie by Pieter-Dirk Uys as their first Afrikaans play at the Chelsea Theatre in Johannesburg in 1975, with Christine Basson, Val de Klerk, Danny Keogh, and directed by Pieter-Dirk Uys The production, the first production of the controversial work in the Transvaal, won a number of awards. It was eventually also banned, as had happened in the Cape.
They also presented Bacchus in die Boland (1978), Long Day's Journey into Night (1978), Charles Dickens (1981), And Green And Golden (1982/83), Children of a Lesser God (1983), This is for Keeps (1983), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (1986),
Tucker, 1997. 333.
Correspondence held by NELM: [Collection: MANIM, Mannie]: 2010. 38. 9. 2. 50. 2.
Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens programme notes, 1981.
See also the Market Theatre
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