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DEATH OF MRS ANDRE (article first published : 2008-03-17; last edited : [an error occurred while processing this directive])

Mrs Augustus André (known to Playhouse regulars as Mrs Andre) died yesterday afternoon, March 16, in Durban at the age of 97. This is an article taken from D’ARTS magazine of December 1998/January 1999:

Ever smiling, elegant and gracious she can be found on the little barrow kiosk from where she sells the programmes for the evening or matinee shows.

I’ve been in the business now for 35 years, from when it was still Napac (Natal Performing Arts Council) at the Alhambra,” she says proudly. In her position, she gets to see all the productions at the Playhouse but firmly asserts that she has no favourites: “I just love everything”.

Some of this exposure to the arts has obviously rubbed off onto her family as one granddaughter, Chantel Haggland, is a pianist and teacher. The other – Belinda Beckerling - recently appeared in “The Student Prince.”

Much loved and respected by the theatre community of Durban, she celebrated her 90th birthday in great style. Her daughter, Charmaine Warwick, says that she enjoyed a great Christmas during which she posed for photographs with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was only in recent months that her health began to fail.

Mrs Andre’s funeral is at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 212 Florida Road on Wednesday (March 19) at 14h00. No flowers by request.




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