John Boulter

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There have been two people named John Boulter with some connection to South African theatre.

John Boulter 1

(19**-) English actor, director and writer for radio and stage.

Born in ***** Started off in vaudeville in England, brought out to South Africa in 1958 by Anthony Farmer for the comedy My Three Angels by the Johannesburg Reps in 1955.

He settled in South Africa and became one of the country’s most valued leading men. He directed from time to time, giving his services to Wits University Players in 1957 with a production of Julius Caesar starring Janet Suzman, the Bloemfontein Reps , and the Johannesburg Reps. Leading roles in Anthony Farmer’s musical Ever Since Eve (1958), The Fall: A Play about Rhodes by Anthony Delius (1960), See How They Run (Ricky Arden Productions, 1960), Leonard Schach’s musical revue Something New with British comedienne Beryl Reid (1961), Anthony Farmer’s Around the World in 80 Days (JODS, 1966), Leslie French’s acclaimed joint production of The Tempest for PACOFS and the Bloemfontein Shakespeare Circle (1968?), **. Blessed with a wonderfully rich and resonant voice and a strong stage presence he was a popular radio performer for much of his life. He wrote and produced numerous radio plays and serials for the SABC over the years. As perfomer involved in many TV and radio productions including Poor Bitos (TV series, 1979-1980),


Du Toit, 1988, Tucker, 1997

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John Boulter 2

British tenor and actor. Best known for his appearances as a soloist in the BBC's long-running variety series The Black and White Minstrel Show. Along with bass Tony Mercer and baritone Dai Francis, Boulter was one of the show's three front men. In 1960 he appeared in a South African production of Lock Up Your Daughters, and joined George Mitchell's Minstrels during the 1950s.[1] He went on to appear in the stage and television versions of The Black and White Minstrel Show and on recordings made by the troupe. He also appeared in the 1969 spin-off series, Music Music Music, in which the minstrels appeared without their blackface make-up, following accusations of racism against the show.

In 1954 he married opera singer Loma St. Clair, with whom he had four children. Later, Boulter married West End musical star Anna Dawson.[2] The couple retired to New Zealand. Their daughters, Phillipa Boulter and Francesca Boulter, are both singers.


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