Potter-Bellew Company

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The Potter-Bellew Company was a theatrical company founded in the 1890s by Kyrle Bellew and Cora Brown-Potter in New York, touring extensively for ten years.

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

The company was brought out to South Africa in early 1892 by Luscombe Searelle with a repertoire that included Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), La Tosca (Sardou), Frou-Frou (Webster), Camille (Heron), David Garrick (Robertson), She Stoops to Conquer (Goldsmith), Hamlet (Shakespeare), As You Like It (Shakespeare). They returned to England toward the end of February after the Exhibition Theatre in Cape Town burnt down, with all their costumes, just before a final performance of As You Like It.


D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)



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