King William's Town Dramatic Club

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The King William's Town Dramatic Club was an amateur society active in King William's Town in the early 1860s.

The club is not to be confused with the King William’s Town Amateur Musical and Dramatic Society (founded in 1897).

Known as the Kingwilliamstown Dramatic Club in some sources, it was founded in the Eastern Cape garrison town of King William's Town [1] at the start of 1861, with the aim "solely to amuse the public" They presented their first performances on 23 and 24 May 1861, in what the sources refer to as the King William's Town Theatre (or Kingwilliamstown Theatre).

Besides the fact that a Mr Gilmore wrote and presented a Prologue on the occasion, nothing more is known of the programme or any further performances however.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 182.

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