Good Hope Theatre

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Good Hope Theatre

There seems to be some confusion here, as two venues seem to be indicated by various sources.

The Good Hope Exhibition Hall and Theatre or Good Hope Theatre 1875-1892

As indicated, the Good Hope Exhibition Hall and Theatre was at times referred to as The Good Hope Theatre and used for opera and musical presentations to a large extent .

The Good Hope Theatre late 1800s-1906

This does not appear to be the same building, but is possibly a new structure custom built in the late 1800s and used to a great extent by the Wheeler Company where it experienced great successes with its musical comedies. One of earliest performances was Charley’s Aunt (Thomas) by the Hawtrey Comedy Company under Wheeler Company management. In 1902 a Gaiety Company used the venue and performed amongst others The Geisha and Kitty Grey. By 1906 the theatre had lost its flair and by the end of that year it closed as a professional venue. Thereafter it was used by Dutch/Afrikaans companies. For example on 4 June 1910 Het Geheim ("The Secret"m by A de Bruin) was presented at the Good Hope Theatre.


Fletcher, 1994: 117; Laidler, 1926: 89, **??** [Check facts here?*]

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