E.A. Elton

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E.A. Elton (fl 1870s-1880s)[] was an actor, theatre company manager, director and playwright.

Also found as Ernest A. Elton or Ernest Elton.

On occasion referred to simply as Mr Elton


He wrote the dramas King Lear and His Daughters Queer (burlesque, 1871), In Life or Death (1885), A Country Dance (1896), Diamond Queen, Haste to the Wedding, Master Passion, and Queen of Diamonds.

In the late 1890s Elton was listed as a New York actor and director of plays who directed the women students of the University of Vermont in the Shakespeare plays Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night and As You Like It.

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

He apparently visited the country with a theatre company referred to as Mr Elton's The Diplomacy Company in 1888, appearing at the Theatre Royal in Johannesburg and obviously performing Sardou's popular farce Diplomacy as part of their repertoire.


George B. Bryan. 1991. A historical who's who of Vermont theatre. Center For Research on Vermont, Occasional Papers: p.38[1].


Allardyce Nicoll. A History of English Drama 1660-1900 (Volume 5, Late Nineteenth Century), Cambridge University Press[2]

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.

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