Theatre International

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Hymie Udwin started this, his own company. Elaine Perry directed the Broadway comedy Never Too Late at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre for Theatre International in 1946. It starred American actors Nancy Coleman, Roland Winters, Helen Lewis and James Kirkwood. Theatre International acquired the rights for Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, through Allen Whitehead. Hymie Udwin employed Mannie Manim as production and company manager, and Aubrey Louw was now general manager for Theatre International. Christopher Hewett directed this play starring Jack Harrold, Joseph Corby, William Le Messena, Fran Stevens and Emory Bass at the Civic in 1964. They had stage director Kevin Maybury and actor-broadcaster Robert Lang as their manager in 1966. Louis Burke staged the production The Beggar’s Opera which Theatre International brought to Johannesburg in 1966. It starred David Holliday, Louis Burke, Joan Brickhill, Maggie Soboil and Frank Lazarus

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Percy Tucker, 1997

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