T.G. Warren

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T.G. Warren (1855-1919) was a British actor and playwright.

Also billed as T. Gideon Warren


Born on 21 August, 1855, in Westminster, London.

An actor for much of his life, on occasion also visiting South Africa.

He also wrote a few plays, the best known being Nita's First.

As a film actor he appeared as "The Colonel" in the short film The Antique Brooch (1914)[1]

He died in Lambeth, London, in 1919 at the age of 63.

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

He came to South Africa as a member of a strong new company that Disney Roebuck had recruited in England for his next season in South Africa. The company, that also included Mabel Hayes, Bella Murdoch, Julia Sydney, T.G. Warren, T. Morton, Wilfred Bayley, Sidney Beltram, Mr Branscombe, and others, arrived on the Balmoral Castle arrived in Cape Town in 1879. Besides its season in Cape Town and other towns and cities, the company offered some entertainment on board ship, among other pieces a performance of Leap Year, or The Ladies' Privilege (Buckstone) on 28 November, 1879.

His play Nita's First was also performed in the country during 1884-5 by the Henry Harper Company, inter alia at the new Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of Harper's first season as lessee and manager of the venue and in 1886 once more by Madame Pearmain and her company, in the same venue.



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.)

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

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

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