Jack Stodel

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Jack Stodel (1899-1979). Theatre manager and entrepreneur.


Son of Harry Stodel. Like his brother Jim, he grew up in the African Theatres Trust and acted as entrepreneur and organiser.

Also a big game hunter and author of The Audience is Waiting.

He died on 9 October 1979, survived by his sons Harry and Warwick.

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

On his return from the First World War he managed several cinemas in South Africa and at one time toured travelling companies throughout the country playing in villages and small towns.

In 1930, when his father Harry retired, he took over his job as branch manager of African Theatres and other companies in Cape Town. In the years that followed, a number of well-known cinemas were built under his supervision throughout the Cape Peninsula.

His book, The Audience is Waiting (Howard Timmins, 1962), tells the story of the Stodels in South African show-business.


Tucker 2006. pp 32-39.

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