Albert Ninio

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Albert Ninio (1918-1985) was an Israeli actor and stage director.


Avraham (Albert) Ninio was born in Alexandria, Egypt on 25 December 1918 to an Italian father and a Turkish mother. In 1927 his family immigrated to what was then Palestine and as a young adult he studied acting and directing at the Actors Studio and at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Back in Israel he became an acclaimed stage director associated with the Habima National Theatre in Tel Aviv. He was married to Hannah (Chana) Ben-Ari, who was an announcer on Kol Israel and went on to become head of the drama department. He died on 17 May 1985. The film, television and stage director Ron Ninio is their son.

South African Theatrical Credits

At the suggestion of Minna Schneier, who had seen his work in Israel, the Johannesburg Repertory Society invited him to produce two plays at the Alexander Theatre, namely Burning Bright (1962) and The Andersonville Trial (1962). After that he returned at intervals to produce Stop the World – I Want to Get Off (1964), The Deputy (1965), Twelve Angry Men (1965), A Flea in Her Ear (1965) and Fanny (1968).


Rand Daily Mail (various issues)

Sunday Times (various issues)

Tucker, 1997. 162.

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