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Famous Playwrights from South Africa

Updated June 14, 2019 15k views21 items
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List of notable or famous playwrights from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in South Africa and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from South Africa is included when available.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Nadine Gordimer and John Kani.

This historic playwrights from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from South Africa?" These prominent playwrights of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African playwrights.

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    Born in Phalaborwa, South Africa on 28 September 1971, Anton Robert Krueger is a South African playwright, poet and academic. His plays have been staged in South Africa, as well as in England, Wales, Australia, the USA, Monaco, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. He has published under the pseudonyms of Martin de Porres, Robert Krueger, A.R. Krueger, Perd Booysen (in collaboration with Pravasan Pillay) and Sybrand Baard (in collaboration with Werner Pretorious)....  more
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard OIS (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in South African English. He is best known for his political plays opposing the system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood. Fugard was an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego. For the academic year 2000–2001, he was the IU Class of 1963 Wells Scholar Professor at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the recipient of many awards, honours, and honorary degrees, including the 2005 Order of...  more
    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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    Ben Voss

    Ben Voss (born 3 May 1973) is a South African comedian, actor and playwright. He has been a professional actor, playwright and producer since 1998 and is best known for his portrayal of fictional character, Beauty Ramapelepele....  more
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
  • Damon Galgut (born 12 November 1963) is an award-winning South African playwright and novelist....  more
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa