Emma Chambers

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Emma Chambers (1848-1933) was a British theatre manager and performer.


She was well known in England, with performances at the the Adelphi Theatre (1873) and the Opera Comique (where she played the role of "Joan" in Joan of Arc in 1891).

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

Leader of and a performer for the Chambers Theatre Company which visited the country, playing in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town from 8 March to 19 April, 1890, with plays such as The Bells of Haslemere (Pettitt) and In the Ranks (Sims).

She made a return visit to open in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, on 26 December, 1892, with an unforgettable performance of The Ticket-of-Leave Man (Taylor), with a cast consisting of herself, Arthur Gilmore, Robert Brierly, James Dalton, Heinrich Varna, Mr Hawshaw, J.A. Rosier, Melter Ross, Albert Harsh, Mr Gibson, H.W. Sillaw, Sam Willougby, May Edwards, Vivienne Vincent, Mrs Willoughby and Joseph Ashman.


J. P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Scarecrow Press: p. 51.[1]


D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 390-391, 395.

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