H. Carpenter

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Mr H. Carpenter was a clerk and an amateur theatre practitioner in Cape Town.


All we know about him is that he was working as a young clerk at the banking firm of Thomson, Watson and Co in Cape Town in 1843. Sadly Mr Carpenter lost his life a few years later when he fell into a ravine on Devil's Peak.

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

He was apparently a leading member of the amateur theatre company All the World's a Stage. He was one of three members who in 1843 negotiated for the rights to build a theatre in Cape Town , at the corner of Drury Lane and Constitution Street. This was later to become the Drury Lane Theatre.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 476.

Bradshaw's Railway Gazette, Volume 1: p.882[2]

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