William Elton

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William Elton (fl 1870s-1880s) was an actor and musician

At times simply referred to simply as Mr Elton


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

In 1875 he was a member of a company recruited in England by Frank Weston on behalf of Disney Roebuck,

As a bandleader he formed an “Ashantee Dance and Chorus” from “a band of coloured boys picked from the street” (also referred to as “street Arabs”) and participated in a performance entitled Brown and the Brahmins at the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town in 1875. This under the auspices of Disney Roebuck. (Fletcher, 1994)


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 1923. (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.

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