Mr Stuart

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There appears to have been two people called Mr Stuart active on stage in the Cape during the 19th century.

Mr Stuart of the Garrison Players

Mr Stuart (17**-18**) was a British soldier and amateur performer.

A member of the Officers of the Garrison (often referred to as the Garrison Players), a theatrical company which performed in the African Theatre at the Cape in 1807-8 in a range of plays, including The Rivals , The West Indian, Tom Thumb, The Beaux Stratagem, She Stoops to Conquer, etc.

He is also notable for five additional couplets on local matters which he wrote for a song he performed during a performance of All the World's a Stage and The Upholsterer on Saturday 12 September, 1807.

Mr Stuart of the Amateur Coloured Troupe

Mr Stuart (18**-18**) was a local amateur performer in Cape Town.

He was an occasional member of the private (i.e. non regimental) concert company known as Amateur Coloured Troupe in the Minstrelsy[1] style popularized by the Christy Minstrels. They were active in Cape Town between 1869 and 1871.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 73, 75;

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 279,

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

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