Frank de Jong
Frank de Jong () was a Cape Town based impresario.
The name is sometimes wrongly spelled Frank de Jongh
Contribution to South African theatre
There he housed his Gaiety Companies, consisting of well-known overseas performers and artistes, including Zena Dare, Matheson Lang, Sybil Thorndike, Lewis Casson, Irene Vanbrugh and Kate Vaughan in a variety of plays, operas and ballets between 1896 and 1937.
Following on the success of Stephen Black's Love and the Hyphen, he and Black put together the Frank de Jong-Stephen Black Company (also known simply as the De Jong-Black Company), to perform a the Tivoli Theatre, Cape Town in 1910. The company had been newly recruited in England and they opened on 12 January with Smith (Maugham). They then went on a tour of the country, returning in October to open in Cape Town again with Stephen Black's play Helena's Hope. (For the full repertoire, see also the entry on De Jong-Black Company)
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