Pietro Nolte

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Pietro Nolte (192*-). Actor, producer, director.


He studied at the University of Cape Town before his training at the Central School of Drama in London 1946-8. While in London he appeared in a number of plays at the New Theatre, including The Taming of the Shrew 1947 – 1948; Richard II 1947 – 1948; King Lear (bit part for the Old Vic Co.) 24th September 1946 –1947 and Cyrano de Bergerac 1946 – 1947.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and performance

He worked for the National Theatre Organisation in the 1950s, and later for CAPAB and The Space (in the 1970s).

As actor

As a student he acted in They Came to a City (1944), The House in Fern Road (1944), The Merry Wives of Windsor, (1945) and Othello (1946).

On his return from London he starred in Mademoiselle (K.A.T. 1948), The Would-be Gentleman (1951), Salomé Dans! (as “Herod” 1951), produced and acted in Medea by Robinson Jeffers (1955), Die Koopman van Venesië (1955), Germanicus (NTO 1957 and 1958), Seven against the Sun (NTO 1958-59), Yearning of my Heart (1958) A production in Afrikaans of Aimer (1958), Die Goue Kring (1958), Saint Joan (NTO 1959), Look Homeward Angel (Cockpit Players 1959), The Fall (NTO 1960), The Merchant of Venice (Maynardville 1963), Becket (CAPAB 1963), The Physicists (CAPAB 1964), Die Reënmaker (CAPAB 1965), Ek Kenne Mansmens (KRUIK 1966), The Visit (CAPAB 1966), Portuguese Match (CAPAB 1967), Tartuffe in Afrikaans (CAPAB 1968), Richard III (a production in Afrikaans, 1968/9), The School for Scandal (1969), Die Idioot (1969), Antigone (by Jean Anouilh) (CAPAB 1969), A production in Afrikaans of Titus Andronicus (as Bassianus, in Afrikaans, CAPAB 1970), The Man of Destiny (CAPAB 1970), Police (CAPAB 1971), Hadrian the Seventh (CAPAB 1971-1973), The Real Inspector Hound (CAPAB 1971), Macbeth (CAPAB 1972), Tom Thumb (CAPAB 1972), Die Weerstaanbare Opkoms van Arturo Ui (PACT 1973) (Goodwill & Priester), Hond se Gedagte (PACOFS 1973) (as Romain), Antony and Cleopatra (CAPAB 1975), My Broer (The Space 1975), Fallen Angels (The Space 1975), Occupations (The Space 1975), Three Cheers for President Charlie (CAPAB 1975).

Other productions include Romeo and Juliet (Little Theatre, Cape Town), So praat die ou rivier (NTO 1954), Die Vonkel in haar oë! - 'n Spel van my kontrei (Gerhard J. Beukes, 1960) and Episode on an Autumn Evening.

As director


'n Bruid in die Môre by Hugo Claus, (Cape production by NTO, 1959)

The Daughter-in-Law,

Under Milk Wood,

The Big Shots and


Mirandolina (1957) for the Cape Town Theatre Company.

The Fall by Anthony Delius, with John Boulter, 1960

Die Reënmaker for CAPAB in the Eastern Cape, 196*

Die Twee Lampe for BAT.

Die Loodswaaiers, 1966.

Episode on an Autumn Evening, 1970.

O'Flaherty V.C., 1970.

Translated Lebedinaia pesnia by Chekhov as Swanesang

He wrote the play Saigon. Playscript held by NELM, [Typescript with holograph emendations (photocopy)] [Collection: SIMON, Barney]: 2003. 90. 574.

He has performed in several films and took part in radio plays.


SACD 1973; 1974; 1975/76.


Die Loodswaaiers programme notes.

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