Phil Levard

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Phil Levard (19**-). Stage director. Also known as Philip D. Levard

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

He was the producer of most of African Theatres’ major productions in the 1940s.

In 1939 he did the pantomime Robinson Crusoe, in 1941 Alice in Wonderland at the Standard Theatre with an all children cast. In 1943 he had a huge success with No, No, Nanette at the Empire Theatre, Johannesburg and helped the country celebrate the end of the war with The Peepshow of 1945.

He directed the pantomime Robinson Crusoe for African Consolidated Theatres, 1939. Produced Alice in Wonderland based on the book by Lewis Caroll for African Consolidated Theatres at the Standard Theatre in 1941.

He presented Robinson Crusoe once again at the inaugural ceremony of His Majesty's Theatre in December 1946.

In 1950 he directed Brigadoon, which ACT staged. This was the last production which he directed for them.

Other productions include Dick Whittington and his Cat (1943), Cinderella (1944), Aladdin (1945), Oklahoma! (1955), Annie Get Your Gun (1956).


Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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