Michael McCabe

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MCCABE, Michael (19**-). Actor, radio playwright and director.




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

His stage performances include a 1974 fund raising production for the Market Theatre. ****, Jean Anouilh’s The Director of the Opera by (PACT, 1977), The Dresser (Ronald Harwood, 1980), A Streetcar Named Desire (Pieter Toerien?*, 19**), First Monday in October, CAPAB, 1980.Edward Albee’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alexander Theatre,1984 with Jacqui Singer, Andrew Buckland & Carol-Ann Kelleher, (dir) William Egan, designs, Gloria Lovegrove. PACT. Dorothy-Ann Gould, Butley. The Rise and Fall of the First Empress Bonaparte (Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1983) Performed in The Creeper (as “Maurice”), A Macbeth (as “Banquo”), Butley (in the title role, for which he won 1977 Actor of the year), Dear Liar (at the Arena Theatre for PACT), Ross (as “T.E. Lawrence”), Betrayal (as “Robert), The Dresser (as “Norman” at the Baxter Theatre, for which he was nominated for a Fleur Du Cap Award), Overflow Show (with PACT). He directed Lee Harvey Oswald.


Michael was awarded the Stuart Leith Trophy in 1977.

He received a DALRO Award for his role as Norman in The Dresser, 1983.

Nominee 1991 McCabe, Michael in Shadowlands (Sunday Atar/Johannesburg Critics circle Award for best actor in a supporting role in English).

He was awarded a national Vita Award for his roles as Davies in The Caretaker, and as Phil Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten [actor of the year], 1992.

He won a Naledi Lifetime Achiever Award, February 2005.


SACD 1973; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1979/80; 1980/81; 1981/82.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

The Star, 15 February 2005.

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