The Amateur Theatre

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The Amateur Theatre is a name given (formally and informally) to some venues used for amateur (or even semi-professional) productions over the years.

A prominent example is the Hope Street venue known as The Amateur Theatre (Cape Town, 1825-1851), the name being a journalists' version of the official Dutch name of De Liefhebbery Tooneel, founded by the amateur company Tot Nut en Vermaak in 1825, as an alternative venue to the Afrikaansche Schouwburg.

The name was sometimes also applied to the Garrison Theatre, in the Cape Town Barracks.

See Liefhebbery Tooneel


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp.

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