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[[Lillian Beddard]] was an actress, manager and journalist.  
[[Lillian Beddard]] (fl 1880-1890) was an actress, manager and journalist.  
== Biography ==
== Biography ==

Revision as of 06:01, 16 July 2020

Lillian Beddard (fl 1880-1890) was an actress, manager and journalist.


Boonzaier notes that long after leaving South Africa, she apparently resided in the USA, working as a journalist.

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

She was initially known in South Africa as an actress of some importance (though according to Boonzaier of no great talent) in the 1880s, and a manager of several companies in that period.

She apparently never visited Cape Town with any of her companies, but Boonzaier does cite one programme for an event called Grand Classical Performance which she, assisted by Charles Lobbett, organised in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, on 3 May 1888. The production included the "Balcony Scene" from Romeo and Juliet, the "Sleepwalking Scene" from Macbeth, and the first act of Gilbert's Pygmalion and Galatea, with incidental songs sung by a local singing teacher, Henry Clements. The cast also included a Madame K. Schonborn-Lorch.

Awards, etc


D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.388-9

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