Richard van der Westhuizen

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Richard van der Westhuizen (1958-). Actor, singer, song-writer.


Born in Nababeep, Namaqualand, matriculated in Cape Town, B.Sc. degree from the University of Pretoria.

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

He has appeared on stage in productions of Lappies die Lappiesmous (as the cobbler Levitikus PACT Playwork, 1979). Die Verhoor (André P. Brink) (Johannes Londt, PACT 1980), Twaalfde Nag (Valentino, PACT 1981), Plaston: DNS-Kind (Plaston in a PACOFS production 1981 by arrangement with PACT), Die Goue Kring (PACOFS 1982), Robin van der Merwe of Knysna Forest (1984), Die Potlooddief en die Engel (Tonie PACT 1985), The Time of the Hyena (Hannes Botha PACT 1986), Harold en Maude (SWARUK 1986), Soldate Vryers (SWARUK, 1987), Panorama (Grahamstown Festival, 1987), Kyk Hoe Hol Hulle (PACT 1987) and Die Hertekoning (PACT as Deramo).

Die Van Aardes van Grootoor (1979), Die Staatsgetuie by Agatha Christie, 1979, Windhoekteater, Hamlet (1987, Staatsteater, Pretoria), Minnaar onder die Wapen 1987, Windhoekteater.

Richard wrote the original music for the PACT productions of Double Trouble (1980) and The State Theatre Overflow Show in 1982.

Other roles on stage were in Die Laaste Strooi (KKNK 1998), Water en Klip, Kom terug, Saartjie (KKNK 2005).

He had a role in the radio play Pendoring & Seun 1994; Die Laaste van die Takhare broadcast on radio in the 1980s, repeated on RSG in 2013.

He was one of the leading actors in the television series, Samaritaan (1998) and played the name role in Andries Plak in 2007.


Sources of the various productions.

Photograph of a scene from Die Goue Kring held by NELM: Photograph collection [Collection: Performing Arts Council Orange Free State (PACOFS)]: 2009. 67. 1. 2. 15.

Wikipedia (Afrikaans) [1].

IMDb [2].

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