Mr Morgan

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(17**-18**) Soldier and amateur actor and theatre manager.


A lieutenant in the Madras Cavalry, possibly in Cape Town on leave from India. He spent the year, then left for England due to ill-health.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He and Captain Frazer, as senior members of the amateur company, apparently led the revival of theatre by the Officers of the Garrison, under the banner name "All the World's a Stage", in 1807.

Particularly noted by contemporaries as a comic actor, he acted as manager for the Officers of the Garrison for their first number of performances in the African Theatre in 1807. Besides reading a prologue written by Captain Frazer (in the character of "the Manager", 20 June 1897) and a prologue and an epilogue by Captain Collins (the latter in the character of "Lady Dove", on 10 October, 1807), his numerous roles included "Hardcastle" in She Stoops to Conquer, "Puff" in Taste, "Douglas" in The Tragedy of Douglas, "Jerry Sneak" in The Mayor of Garratt, "Sir Gilbert Pumpkin" in All the World's a Stage, "Old Testy" in Abroad and At Home, Lady Dove" in The Brothers, as well as "Scrub", "Sir Anthony", "the Quaker" and "Norval" in the other plays.


F.C.L. Bosman 1928, pp. 70, 74, 107

Jill Fletcher 1994, pp. 35-41

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