Wensley Pithey

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Wensley Pithey (b. 21/06/1914 - d. 10/11/1993). Actor.

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

He made a striking debut on stage with Henry IV by Luigi Pirandello, at the Little Theatre in 1935. In 1938 he did Six Characters in Search of an Author the newly founded Theatre Club at the Little Theatre under the direction of Rollo Gamble.

He was the director of the Cape Town Little Theatre in December 1939. (The South African Theatre, Music and Dance 1(1), 1939).

Performed for the Gwen ffrangçon-Davies / Marda Vanne Company between 1941 and 1946 e.g. in The Merry Wives of Windsor in 1945. He staged Laburnum Grove starring Siegfried Mynhardt in 1946. Performed in George Washington Slept Here together with Gordon Mulholland. It was directed by Taubie Kushlick in 1946. Starred in Emlyn Williams's The Wind of Heaven in 1946, together with Gwen ffrangçon-Davies, Marda Vanne, Zoë Randall and Sidney James.

He emigrated to England after World War II, where he enjoyed a succesful career, spending much of his screen time impersonating Winston Churchill.


Tucker, 1997.: 13,

Inskip, Donald P., 1977 [TH]


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