William Devereux

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William Devereux (fl. 1890s-1920s)[] was a British actor and playwright.


Contribution to South African theatre

A performance of The New Boy (Lumley) in 1895 also featured a William Devereux (as a member of what Boonzaier, 1923, referred to as the Ernest Searelle Comedy Company).

His play, Henry of Navarre was performed in Cape Town Opera House by Leonard Rayne and his company on 19 April, 1910.

He was later a member of actor-manager Gerald Lawrence's West End theatre company, which toured South Africa in 1929, putting on a portfolio of plays. The tour played in premises owned by African Theatres Ltd. starting in Johannesburg and then visiting Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria, Bulawayo, Salisbury, Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The plays performed were Monsieur Beaucaire, The School for Scandal, David Garrick, 13 Simon Street and Beau Brummel.


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, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

The S.A. Merry-Go-Round, 2(4):28. August 21st, 1929.

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