Madame Pearmain (fl.1880s) was a South African theatrical manager.
According to Boonzaier (1923) she "was always styled" "Madam" or "Madam Pearmain" in Cape Town.
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In 1886 Madame Pearmain brought a number of newly recruited performers from England to form a company made up of both British and local performers, including as Emily Levettez, Adolphus Ellis and W.H. Thorne.
According to Boonzaier (1923), her company was referred to as Madame Pearmain's Company, while Myles Holloway (1997), writing about theatre in Johannesburg, mentions the popular melodramas of a company known as Madame Pearmain's Diplomacy Company appearing at the Theatre Royal in Johannesburg in 1887. This seems to be a reference to the Johannesburg period of the company , since it included a performances of Sardou's popular play Diplomacy in its repertoire.
On her arrival they opened a short season at the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 22 November, putting on a season of eleven plays consisting of The Jilt (Boucicault), The Money Spinner (Pinero), Jim the Penman (Young), Diplomacy (Sardou), The Magistrate (Pinero), Turned Up (Melford), Blackberries (Melford), The Ironmaster (Ohnet) , School (Robertson) , The Queen's Shilling (Godfrey), Dandy Dick (Pinero) and Nita's First (Warren).
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