The African Theatre, Cape Town, 1801

  • Adele SeeffEmail author
Part of the Global Shakespeares book series (GSH)


Seeff opens her study with the African Theatre, Cape Town, site of the first recorded performance of a Shakespeare play in Southern Africa. The African Theatre symbolized the struggle over incipient nationalisms, languages, and identities that would play out for nearly two centuries. Seeff argues that the African Theatre participated in a linguistic struggle at a moment when neither the status of English nor the place of Shakespeare was assured. As rival, amateur theatrical groups emerged from the diverse, white settler population, performing in turn in English, Dutch, German, and French, which language—and therefore which identity—were questions the little theater regularly addressed in the four decades of its existence.


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