Lycett's Company

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Lycett's Company is an amateur company founded by James Lycett in Cape Town in 1849-1850, which performed a number of productions in the Hope Street Theatre and the Drury Lane Theatre between 1850 to 1852, including a much-praised complete production of Richard III, and the influential gothic melodrama The Devil's Elixir, or The Shadowless Man (Fitzball) in 1850.

Members of the company apparently later helped to form The Amateurs of Cape Town along with members of the English Amateur Company.

Also referred to as the "Amateur Performers" on occasion.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 412, 416, 420, 423-426, 483, 502.

P.W. Laidler. 1926. The Annals of the Cape Stage. Edinburgh: William Bryce: p.

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