Hill's Literary Entertainments

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Hill's Literary Entertainments refers to a series of “Novel Literary Entertainments” offered in in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town, by Mr T.P. Hill between 1846 and 1850.

In October 1846 a Mr T.P. Hill started with a series of “Novel Literary Entertainments” in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town. In 1848 he became the secretary of the “Amicable Club” and played a leading role in its recitation and literary studies. In June 1849 he once again gave regular “Literary Entertainments” in the Exchange. He recited from Shakespeare (Hamlet, Shylock, Mark Anthony, etc.), Dickens, Sheridan Knowles, and from other prose and verse writers. Hill continued these “Entertainments” until 1850, then left the Cape early in 1851 for Mauritius, where he continued – with considerable success - to do the same. His recitals had an enormous influence on the many amateur players in the Cape.

See also T.P. Hill and Recital

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F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 440-1, 500.

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