King William's Town Theatre
The King William's Town Theatre (or Kingwilliamstown Theatre or King Williamstown Theatre in some sources) seems to be the name given to two or more venues in the Eastern Cape Town of King William's Town.
References a performance space of this name occurs over the years, particularly in the mid 19th century, probably done by members of the garrisons stationed there, local amateurs and touring theatre companies.
It seems that the first such venue mentioned (in the late 1850s early 1860s) may have been a small and temporary space, built or fitted up for theatrical performances.
The new structure
In 1896, the same year Mark Twain performed his At Home there (June 1896), a new venue also referred to as King William's Town Theatre was opened in the town. However this may in fact simply be a reference to the Town Hall in King William's Town (King William’s Town Town Hall, built in 1869) or the Victoria Drill Hall (erected 1889).
The King William's Town Theatre was most probably used by the King William’s Town Amateur Musical and Dramatic Society for its productions over the years.
Ludwig Wilhelm Berthold Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.
P.J. du Toit, 1988. Amateurtoneel in Suid-Afrika. Pretoria: Academica
Jill Fletcher. 1994. The Story of Theatre in South Africa: A Guide to its History from 1780-1930. Cape Town: Vlaeberg.
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