Het Hoogduitsche Gezelschap van het Liefhebbery Theater
("The High-German Company for Amateur Theatre") The Dutch name for a company of German amateurs who were briefly active in Cape Town , from about 1801 to 1803. Possibly made up of a remnants of the German soldiers who had been in the service of the VOC (i.e. the Dutch East India company) and civilian immigrants. They seemed to have a good relationship with the English garrison.
In some adverts they are referred to as De Liefhebbers van het Toneel en het Muziekgeselschap, signalling the German love of musical concerts, which would lead to theatrical activities gradually making way for musical events, including, from 1 April 1803 onwards, weekly concerts (on Wednesday evenings).
Impact on SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Their theatre performances include:
1802: On 13 February
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: pp. 68, 79
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