Captain Carter

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Captain Carter (17**-18**) was a soldier and amateur actor.


Little is known of him, except that he appears to have been a very talented amateur F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p.170) citing an advert referring to him as "the celebrated amateur tragedian" and Jill Fletcher (1994: pp. 55-6) noting that he had early in 1817 played "Shylock" in The Merchant of Venice and had done so well in London that he had been offered £50 a night by managers to remain as performer - a sum he turned down.

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

He was one of the many regimental officers stationed in Cape Town on their way to India at the turn of the nineteenth century. Like many of them he then performed at the African Theatre in Cape Town, inter alia taking the lead role of "Octavian" in Colman's The Mountaineers in Cape Town on 30 August and 13 September 1817, and possibly appearing in The Honeymoon (Tobin) in January as well as taking on other roles in 1818.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy[1]: pp. 150, 170

Fletcher, Jill, 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg: pp. 55-6.

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