French Dramatic Artistes

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A company of professional artists from Mauritius who visited Cape Town under the leadership of Dalle Case in 1848 and performed a season of circus-style programmes in February 1848, including a Grand Musical Interlude, a Grand Comic Ballet, a Comic Solo, a Grand and Comic Galopade and a Graceful Waltz. The cast included L. Vitor, C. Crosset and X. Hus. They appeared at the Victoria Theatre and later at the Garrison Theatre. It may have been the French Theatrical Company reported on by “Sam Sly” to have opened the Drury Lane Theatre on Constitution Hill in Cape Town on June 19th, 1848, with “tragic Scenes, Vaudevilles, and Interludes of music and dancing”.


Fletcher, 1994

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