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DEATH OF FRANTZ DOBROWSKY (article first published : 2006-01-21)

Well-known actor Frantz Dobrowsky, no stranger to Durban audiences, committed suicide a few days ago in a tragic act which robbed the South African theatre scene of a multi-layered and respected acting talent.

Director Murray McGibbon writes from the United States: “I have just heard about Frantz. This comes as a terrible blow to me as I regarded him as one of South Africa’s finest actors and a very good friend. We did many shows together at the Playhouse, most notably The Normal Heart, Hamlet and The Mystery of Irma Vep. His contribution to NAPAC (Natal Performing Arts Council) during its hey-day was enormous.

“He was an exceptionally gifted artist; deeply sensitive, creative and with a brooding, penetrating humour. It is a shocking indictment on the theatrical life of a nation that one of its top talents would be driven to suicide due to the lack of work opportunities. He was one of theatre’s most precious sons, and South Africa is much the poorer for his untimely passing.”




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