Anthony Nish

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Anthony Nish (fl 1860s) was an American singer, musician and actor.


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

A member of the "original" Christy Minstrels that visited South Africa in 1862, he was apparently excellent on the violin, and among his performances, he appeared in the burlesque, La Somnambula.

Nish would later have his own troupe, known as Nish's Christy Minstrels.

The company's successful appearances had a huge impact on popular entertainment in Cape Town and the country during the 19th century.


Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May, 1863[1]

The Australian Circus History Society Website[2]

W.J. Mahar. 1999. Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popular Culture. Volume 442 of Music in American life. University of Illinois Press, 1999

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 139-140.

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