Anna Hickish

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Anna Hickish (fl start of the 1900s) was a singer and actress

Also referred to as Annie Hickish by Boonzaier (1923).


She seems to have started out as an opera singer, appearing at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London , as "Etelka" in The Fortune-teller (Smith and Herbert),

She next appeared at Covent Garden, London, in 1902 as "Michaela" in Bizet's Carmen (1902), "Nedda" in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, "Venus" in Wagner's Tannhäuser, "Ann Chite" in Benedict and Oxenford's The Lily of Killarney,

The Cingalee, or Sunny Ceylon (Tanner and Monckton)

She seems to have become a member of George Edwardes's touring company between 1905 and 1907, inter alia appearing in South Africa. UK appearances for the company included The Lady Dandies (The Merveilleuses, /Hood) at The Grand theatre in Leeds (1907),

Died in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1915?*

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

She was a member of the original South African cast of Veronique (Vanloo and Duval) when presented by the Wheeler Company in 1905 (opening in the Opera House, Cape Town on 11 September, revived in the first half of 1906) and played the lead ("Catherine Upscher") in The Duchess of Dantzic (Sardou/Hamilton) opposite Wybert Stamford a "Napoleon", when it was first performed in South Africa by the Wheeler-Edwardes Gaiety Company, opening in the Opera House, Cape Town, on 28 May, 1906.


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. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 425, 435

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