Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot
29 Jul 2010 - 14 Aug 2010
  • Dates

    29 Jul 2010 - 14 Aug 2010
One of the most exciting international productions hit Cape Town at the Fugard Theatre for 2 weeks only.

Directed by Sean Mathias and starring Sir Ian McKellen, Roger Rees, Matthew Kelly and Brendan O’Hea, this phenomenally successful production ended two years of touring the world, including two sell-out West End season, at the Fugard Theatre.

WAITING FOR GODOT in KHAYELITSHA

On Monday 2 August, Waiting for Godot had a one-off performance in Khayelitsha at O.R. Tambo Sports Centre. Over 700 people attended and with tickets available on a pay-what-you-can basis, tickets were bought for everything from 10c to R1,000.

Broken Glass

Broken Glass
22 Mar 2011 - 16 Apr 2011
8PM
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    22 Mar 2011 - 16 Apr 2011
  • Time

    8PM

The Fugard Theatre and producer Eric Abraham welcomed Sir Antony Sher to the Fugard stage. He starred in Arthur Miller’s internationally acclaimed and hauntingly moving Broken Glass, directed by Janice Honeyman, from 22 March to 16 April 2011.

He was joined by a star-studded South African cast, with Susan Danford cast in the role of Sylvia Gellburg, the traumatised wife of Phillip Gellburg (Sher). The cast also includes Stephen Jennings, Claire Berlein, Anthea Thompson and Patrick Lyster.

Engrossing & deeply moving, resonates through time and geography - Sunday Times
Danford is an incandescent mix of delicate vulnerability and commanding personality” - Mail & Guardian
Sher steals the show! A must see - Cape Times
**** Sher Shines! - Cape Argus
***** Briljante, meesleurend teater! - Die Burger
Sher and Danford triumph! - Next 48 hours

A Number

A Number
04 Oct 2011 - 29 Oct 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    04 Oct 2011 - 29 Oct 2011
  • Duration

    50 minutes

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre presented the London production of Caryl Churchill’s moving father and son drama - A Number - at the new Fugard Theatre Studio from 4 – 29 October 2011. In its South African premiere of the play this production starred Britain’s much loved father and son actors Timothy and Samuel West and was directed by highly regarded British Director Jonathan Munby, with designs by Paul Wills and lighting by Hartley T A Kemp.

"Father and son put on the mother of all performances. Intriguing script, direction of pin-point precision, and an acting masterclass make for a great evening at the Fugard.” - John Maytham, Cape Talk
"...a marvel to see..." - Dirk Binneman, Fine Music Radio
"... theatre that exhilirates and provokes" - Marianne Tham, Sunday Times
“a riveting drama; a sterling production; a gift – unmissable – you can count on A Number” - Brent Meersman, Mail & Guardian
“First class theatre... sheer brilliance... outstanding... provocative and stimulating.. most engaging and entertaining...” - Tyrone August, Cape Times
"powerful performances... The crackling energy and chemistry between (Tim and Samuel West) offer dynamic drama." - Daniel Dercksen, The Writing Studio
"(die) boonste lagie room van produksies van die West End... die stuk (sal) nog lank in jou gedagtes draai." - **** - Marina Nel, Die Burger
"...real-life father and son team brings the intimacy of (the fictional) relationship into sharp relief" - Theresa Smith, Cape Argus Tonight
"A Number makes for fascinating theatre ... engages the mind leaving much to think about long after leaving the theatre" - Sheila Chisholm, FMR
"A Number reaches fearlessly into the heart-churning depths of the emotional spectrum: it is this personal touch that makes the play electric... powerful, wholesome and inspiring piece of theatre." - Mustapha Hendricks, Whats on in Cape Town
"...brilliantly acted by the exceptional British duo." - Matthew Blackman - mahala.co.za
***** ‘Theatre at its powerful best’ - The Sunday Times
***** ‘A sensational play in every sense’ - Sunday Express
**** ‘The West dynasty thrives” - The Times
**** ‘Superb acting from the Wests’ - Evening Standard
**** ‘Jonathan Munby’s riveting revival’ - Mail on Sunday

The Train Driver

The Train Driver
19 Mar 2010 - 11 Apr 2010
  • Dates

    19 Mar 2010 - 11 Apr 2010

An emotionally disturbed train driver wanders into the graveyard of a desolate squatter camp on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. There he meets Simon Hanabe, a gravedigger, who buries the nameless dead. The train driver is trying to find the grave of a nameless woman and child.

Dedicated to Pumla Lolwana and her three children - Lindani, Andile and Sesanda - who died on the railway tracks between Philippi and Nyanga on The Cape Flats on Friday December 8th 2000.

Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act

Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act
24 Jan 2012 - 11 Feb 2012
TUES – SAT 8PM | SAT 4PM & 8PM
  • Dates

    24 Jan 2012 - 11 Feb 2012
  • Time

    TUES – SAT 8PM | SAT 4PM & 8PM

On a recent visit to Cape Town Mr. Fugard attended a performance of Statements at the invitation of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective which staged a short, non-commercial preview run.

Mr. Fugard was so deeply moved by the performance of his work that he saw it twice and appealed for the play to be given a professional run in Cape Town. Fugard founding producer Eric Abraham offered to underwrite the production and make the Fugard Studio available this month.

***** Aangrypend. Petersen gee Fugard-woorde vleuels. - Die Burger

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers
MUST CLOSE 25 MAY!
WED - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | SUN 4PM | R100-R160
The Fugard Theatre
  • Time

    WED - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | SUN 4PM
  • Price

    R100-R160
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Bianca le GrangeMrs Johnstone
    • Lynelle KennedMrs Lyons
    • Alistair IzobellNarrator, Teacher, Magistrate
    • Ephraim GordonMickey
    • Dean BalieEddie
    • Andréa FranksonLinda
    • Marlo MinaarMr Lyons
    • Carlo DanielsSammy
    • Sue PylerDonna Marie, Estate Agent, Ensemble
    • Junaid BooysenPoliceman, HP Man, Conductor, Councillor
    • Shadley SchroederHawker, Kid, Painter, Warder, Ensemble
    • Monique RockmanMs Jones, Linda Understudy, Ensemble
  • Creative

    • Willy RussellBook, Music & Lyrics
    • David KramerAdaptation & Direction
    • Pieter ToerienProducer
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Renaye KramerAssociate Producer
    • Alistair IzobellMusical Supervisor
    • Denis HutchinsonLighting Design
    • Paul & Matthew KalilProjection Design
    • Penny SimpsonCostume Design
    • Costume AssistantAlicia McCormick
    • James WebbSound Effects
    • Benjamin du PlessisAssociate Lighting Design
    • Graham Muir & Juan PotterSound Design
    • Jesse KramerPhotography
    • Johann KupferburgerProduction Manager
    • Abdul Burton for OTBSTechnical services
    • Juanita van WykStage Manager
    • Chané RinquestASM
    • Clynt HlubiCrew
    • Achmat KhroodienCrew
    • Roberto GrovéCrew
    • Juanita FerreiraPre-Production Assistant
    • Widaad AlbertusDresser
    • Juan PotterSound Engineer
    • Sage BookerSound Engineer
    • Jarryd-Jay WeissMicrophone Technician
    • Allison Foat for DIVA PRPublicity

DAVID KRAMER ADAPTS WEST END HIT MUSICAL BLOOD BROTHERS FOR  PIETER TOERIEN & ERIC ABRAHAM / THE FUGARD

Willy Russell’s acclaimed West End musical Blood Brothers, which ran for 24 years in London’s West End, is produced by Eric Abraham and Pieter Toerien for The Fugard Theatre and Theatre on the Bay in their first co-production together.

Blood Brothers opened to great acclaim and sold out houses at Theatre on the Bay in September 2013, for a limited season, in celebration of the theatre’s 25th anniversary. The production then transferred to Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg playing to capacity houses before recently closing on the 5th January 2014.

Blood Brothers tells the story of a financially desperate mother who gives away one of her twin boys at birth. Playwright Willy Russell gave his blessing to David Kramer’s adaptation which locates the musical within the Cape Town community giving it a distinctly local flavour.

Blood Brothers enjoyed phenomenal success in London and around the world. Opening in London in 1983, Blood Brothers ended its sensational 24 year West End run in 2012. Produced and performed in many parts of the world this is the first time that Willy Russell (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita) has granted permission for his musical to be adapted.

Singing sensation Alistair Izobell, joins the stellar company and will be singing the role of the Narrator. The producers are proud to have this award-winning performer join the Blood Brothers production.

Alistair started his professional theatre career as a 12 year old in the Kramer/Petersen musical District Six. He followed that with the role of Ritchie Valens in the South African production of The Buddy Holly Story. Alistair performed the role of Magoo on the West End and Broadway productions of the Kramer/Petersen musical Kat and the Kings, for which he received a much coveted Olivier Award. Alistair Izobell has produced several shows, the most recent being Radio Classics together with Heart 104.9’s Clarence Ford, over the summer of 2012.

Lynelle Kenned will now be playing the role of Mrs Lyons. Lynelle is a star graduate of the UCT Opera School and a member of the award-winning South African Sopranos. Lynelle became a popular TV personality as the runner-up in the Top Billing New Presenter Search. She subsequently joined Pasella as a presenter. Lynelle’s career highlights include performing with Katherine Jenkins, and participating in master classes with the Julliard’s Brian Zeger. Lynelle has been performing the role of Mrs Johnstone once a week in the Johannesburg run of Blood Brothers.

Bianca Le Grange, who has been playing the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone to great acclaim and standing ovations, has impressed significantly in her Musical Theatre debut;

“Bianca Le Grange has come a long, long way since her Idols days and as Mrs Johnstone, a key character in the unfolding drama, is magnificent. Using her power-house vocals, she performed songs that touched the soul and her finale brought tears to the eyes.” -Artslink

Following its two successful seasons at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town and Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg, Willy Russell’s acclaimed West End musical Blood Brothers returns to the Mother City from 12 February until 29 March 2014.  Blood Brothers tells the story of a mother who agrees, through absolute financial desperation, to give away one of her twin boys at birth. The moving story is set in Cape Town with a distinctly local flavour. David Kramer's adaptation, which has been highly praised by the media, marked the first time that author Willy Russell (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita) had ever granted permission for his musical to be adapted.  

The show stars a talented all-local cast including 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winner Dean Balie (Kat and the Kings) as Eddie, Ephraim Gordon as Mickey, Carlo Daniels as Sammy, Marlo Minnaar as Mr Lyons and Andrea Frankson as Linda. Shadley Schroeder, Junaid Booysen, Sue Pyler and Monique Rockman complete the excellent line up. Video design is by Matthew and Paul Kalil. Denis Hutchinson is the lighting designer and costumes are by Penny Simpson – both are multiple award-winning designers. The sound design is by the Red Hot Waves.

The production opens on 12 February 2014 at the Fugard Theatre with tickets, ranging from R90 to R160, available via Computicket or the theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Performances run Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, and at 4pm and 8pm on Saturdays. Advance booking is recommended.

... a theatre experience so powerful, so moving, so enthralling, so poignant, and just so darn brilliant ... - Weekend Argus
**** ... impressive and chilling - Cape Argus
**** ... masterfully adapted and staged by Kramer - The Star
**** - Die Burger
**** ... sheer stage dynamite - Business Day
**** ... aangrypende stuk wat boei - Beeld
If there is one production you want to see before years-end, make it this one. - What's on in Cape Town
A human drama that will touch the soul. - Artslink
Extremely slick production - Daily Maverick
... a theatre experience so powerful, so moving, so enthralling, so poignant, and just so darn brilliant ... - Weekend Argus
**** ... impressive and chilling - Cape Argus
**** ... masterfully adapted and staged by Kramer - The Star
**** - Die Burger
**** ... sheer stage dynamite - Business Day
**** ... aangrypende stuk wat boei - Beeld
If there is one production you want to see before years-end, make it this one. - What's on in Cape Town
A human drama that will touch the soul. - Artslink
Extremely slick production - Daily Maverick

The Bird Watchers

The Bird Watchers
10 May 2011 - 04 Jun 2011
  • Dates

    10 May 2011 - 04 Jun 2011
  • Cast

    • Dorothy Ann GouldFlamboyant Rosalyn
    • Sean TaylorPlaywright
    • Guy De LanceyThe gentle-mannered Lenny
  • Creative

    • Guy De LanceyDirector

The Bird Watchers, Athol Fugard’s latest world première was staged on the Fugard Theatre stage from 10 May to 4 June 2011. He dedicated his latest work to two defining friendships from his early years in theatre in South Africa, namely those with Barney Simon and Yvonne Bryceland. It celebrates the memorable hours we spent watching birds and talking in the shade of the umGwenya tree at my home in the Eastern Cape Although the characters in the play are a Playwright, a Director and an Actress, the work itself is entirely fictional," said Fugard, who is receiving a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in June.

The Fugard is fast developing as the prime theatre in Cape Town for new and exhilarating productions. On a practical note: the seats have been replaced and the comfort is greater. ... Go and see it, and pay homage to our greatest playwright. - Dirk Binneman
...a touchingly provocative journey into Fugard's cobwebs of wisdom... Fugard has mastered the art of seduction when it comes to captivating an audience ...To witness the profound, neatly crafted gymnastics of a mind like Fugard's as Garth searches for th - Sunday Times
.. Unmistakably Fugard... - Katy Chance - Business Day
Gaan heen en geniet dit - Izak Vertel
**** Met The Bird Watchers wys die dramaturg sy mensheid met dieselfde rou eerlikheid waarmee hy die god­verlate Suid-Afrikaanse same­lewing aan die kaak gestel het. Hy werk tersaaklik en intiem en laat sy groot spoor sagkens. - Laetitia Pople - Die Burger
***** .... Fiercly charismatic... - The Cape Argus
I have unreservedly enjoyed many of his works over the last number of years... The elegant second half of ‘The Bird Watchers’ is perhaps an indication that this master still has a few tricks up his sleeves. - The Next 48 Hours
From a strong and provoking script to its extraordinary performances, the production has the two elements of any strong piece of theatre- entertainment and challenge. - Cape Times
From the spirited opening of a sporting attack and playful bluff, to the haunted conclusion of absolved accession, Athol Fugard's masterful The Bird Watchers is a consummate theatrical experience at The Fugard Theatre... His insightful and introspective j - Daniel Derckson
Everything about this production screams "once in a lifetime". - Sunday Independant
Fugard, who is 79 years old has conquered the world. - Steve Kretzmann - City Press
The Fugard is fast developing as the prime theatre in Cape Town for new and exhilarating productions. On a practical note: the seats have been replaced and the comfort is greater. ... Go and see it, and pay homage to our greatest playwright. - Dirk Binneman
...a touchingly provocative journey into Fugard's cobwebs of wisdom... Fugard has mastered the art of seduction when it comes to captivating an audience ...To witness the profound, neatly crafted gymnastics of a mind like Fugard's as Garth searches for th - Sunday Times
.. Unmistakably Fugard... - Katy Chance - Business Day
Gaan heen en geniet dit - Izak Vertel
**** Met The Bird Watchers wys die dramaturg sy mensheid met dieselfde rou eerlikheid waarmee hy die god­verlate Suid-Afrikaanse same­lewing aan die kaak gestel het. Hy werk tersaaklik en intiem en laat sy groot spoor sagkens. - Laetitia Pople - Die Burger
***** .... Fiercly charismatic... - The Cape Argus
I have unreservedly enjoyed many of his works over the last number of years... The elegant second half of ‘The Bird Watchers’ is perhaps an indication that this master still has a few tricks up his sleeves. - The Next 48 Hours
From a strong and provoking script to its extraordinary performances, the production has the two elements of any strong piece of theatre- entertainment and challenge. - Cape Times
From the spirited opening of a sporting attack and playful bluff, to the haunted conclusion of absolved accession, Athol Fugard's masterful The Bird Watchers is a consummate theatrical experience at The Fugard Theatre... His insightful and introspective j - Daniel Derckson
Everything about this production screams "once in a lifetime". - Sunday Independant
Fugard, who is 79 years old has conquered the world. - Steve Kretzmann - City Press

Die Kaptein se Tier

Die Kaptein se Tier
The Fugard Theatre
  • Cast

    • Graham WeirDie Skrywer
    • Neels Van JaarsveldDie Tier (Die skrywer as ‘n jong man)
    • Owen SejakeDonkieman
    • Erica WesselsBettie
    • Janice HoneymanRegie
    • Dicky LonghurstOntwerp

Die Kaptein se Tier will welcome Owen Sejake back on the Fugard Theatre’s stage as Donkeyman, a Swahili crew member of the SS Graigaur, the ship on which the play is set. Mannie Manim, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre, was responsible for the lighting of the original 1995 play and will again be the lighting designer in 2011. Neels van Jaarsveldt (Binnelanders, Known Gods, Backstage etc.) and Erica Wessels (Erfsondes, Madame & Eve, Vallei van Sluiers etc.) are cast as The Tiger (the author as a young man) and Betty. Graham Weir will play The Author.

Die Kaptein se Tieris the story of a young sailor (played by van Jaarsveldt) who begins to pen his first novel onboard the SS Graigaur with the help of his muse – a picture of his mother (played by Wessels) – and his friend, the ship’s mechanic (Sejake). The play is said to be one of Fugard’s most personal, and is an autobiographical reflection of his attempts to come to terms with conflicting emotions over memories of his brave mother and flawed father.

“Our greatest playwright – and The Captain’s Tiger leaves you in no doubt that Fugard still deserves that accolade – has now allowed himself the luxury of opening his autobiographical treasure chest,” - Paul Bookkooi
“The Captain’s Tiger is probably one of the most atmospheric dramas that Fugard has written, and certainly the most playful,” - Barry Hough
“Our greatest playwright – and The Captain’s Tiger leaves you in no doubt that Fugard still deserves that accolade – has now allowed himself the luxury of opening his autobiographical treasure chest,” - Paul Bookkooi
“The Captain’s Tiger is probably one of the most atmospheric dramas that Fugard has written, and certainly the most playful,” - Barry Hough

I See You

I See You
6 – 28 MAY 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R150 – R170
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    06 May 2016 - 28 May 2016
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R150 – R170
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jordan BakerSkinn
    • Desmond DubeButhelezi
    • Bayo GbadamosiBen
    • Austin HardimanJames
    • Sibusiso MambaMasinga
    • Lunga RadebeShabangu
    • Kim SanssoucieDJ Mavovo/Dr Pravesh
  • Creative

    • MongiwekhayaWriter
    • Noma DumezweniDirector
    • Soutra GilmourDesigner
    • Richard HowellLighting Designer
    • Giles ThomasComposer & Sound Designer
    • Luyanda SidiyaMovement Director
    • John HaidarAssistant Director
    • Zabarjad SalamVoice & Dialect Coach

It’s post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark. "Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.’
"

Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn't know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn't commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can't let it go. “I don't need your sorries white boy. Yes, you heard right. You know white people think we’re the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black.”

Hot off its premiere at The Royal Court, London and Market Theatre run, South African Mongiwekhaya’s latest play, I See You will open at the Fugard Studio Theatre on 6 May and run until 28 May.
 
Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre - The Royal Court (London) and Market Theatre (Johannesburg) production is based on a true story and movingly addresses the questions of a new generation of South Africans encountering their country’s traumatised past.
 
Written by writer, actor and director Mongiwekhaya (Ubu and the Truth Commission; The Feather Collector) who is a residential fellow in theatre at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, the play marks the directorial debut of Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni, who was last seen in the Fugard Theatre’s production of A Human being Died That Night (in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York) and who will play Hermione Granger in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End.
 
I See You features popular actor and singer Desmond Dube (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Hotel Rwanda; Dube on Mondays), in the role of Buthelezi; Bayo Gbadamosi (Little Revolution; Mad about the Boy) as Ben; Jordan Baker (Eastenders) as Skinn; Lunga Radebe (Antigone: In The World; Touch my Blood) as Shabangu; Austin Hardiman (Wish; The First Man) as James and Sibusiso Mamba (SizweBanzi is Dead; Nongogo) as Masinga.
 
Design is by Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Design is by Richard Howell and Sound Design and music composed by Giles Thomas. Luyanda Sidiya is Movement Director, Zabarjad Salam is Voice and Dialect Coach and Assistant Direction is by John Haidar.
 
I See You (English) / Ngiyakubona (Zulu) / Ek Sien Jou (Afrikaans) / Ndiyakubona (Xhosa) was Mongiwekhaya’s Royal Court debut play and was presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project. It was developed during the Royal Court's new writing project in South Africa which began in 2013 and which was supported by the British Council and Connect ZA.

Mongiwekhaya is a Residential Fellow in Theatre at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. He is a member of PlayRiot, a collective of South African playwrights committed to telling bold, contemporary South African stories

Note: This production is not available to viewers aged 14 and younger. No entry after start of production.

 

A Contemporary Evening

A Contemporary Evening
7 MAY 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    07 May 2017 - 07 May 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Bolshoi Principals
    • Bolshoi Soloists & Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Igor StravinskyMusic
    • Carl CzernyMusic
    • Leonid DesyatnikovMusic
    • Jerome RobbinsChoreography
    • Harald LanderChoreography
    • Alexei RatmanskyChoreography

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Bolshoi Ballet.

For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in The Cage by Jerome Robbins, Harald Lander's Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Robbins’s energy, Lander’s virtuosity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.

 

A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time
21 MAY 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    21 May 2017 - 21 May 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 45 minutes
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals
    • The Bolshoi Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Ilya DemutskyMusic
    • Youri PossokhovChoreography
    • Kirill SerebrennikovLibretto

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Bolshoi Ballet.

Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him...

“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than- life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey.

A Human Being Died That Night

A Human Being Died That Night
22 MAY - 21 JUN AT THE HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, LONDON
  • Dates

    22 May 2014 - 21 Jun 2014
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Noma DumezweniPumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    • Matthew MarshEugene de Kock
  • Creative

    • Nicholas WrightPlaywright
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Paul WillsDesigner
    • Tim MitchellOriginal Lighting Designer
    • Daniel GallowayLighting Designer
    • Christopher ShuttOriginal Sound Designer
    • Greg Karvellas Associate Director
    • Jackie OrtonCostume Supervisor
    • Jan Haydn-RowlesDialect Coach

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present A Human Being Died That Night, a play by Nicholas Wright.

Following the South African and World Premiere season at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town, which ran from 20 February – 15 March 2014, The Fugard Theatre production of A Human Being Died That Night transfers to London, for a formal season back at the Hampstead Theatre from 22 May – 21 June 2014. 

The play was first produced by Eric Abraham at The Hampstead Downstairs, London in May of 2013 and ran for a sold out 5 week season.  It was an “underground” workshop run without press or critics. Social media comments from those who saw it were sensational and overwhelming. A Human Being Died That Night will be directed by Jonathan Munby (UK) and co-directed by Greg Karvellas (SA).

1997. Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin, Eugene de Kock nicknamed “Prime Evil”– the head of the apartheid regime’s death squads. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madizikela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. She is determined to try to understand what motivated de Kock’s actions. One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt’s endeavor to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichman’s trial in Israel in 1962.

How did de Kock become one of the most reviled figures in apartheid and indeed world history? Is Pumla able to overcome her disgust and hate for this monster and find the human within? And will de Kock be prepared to open up and tell an educated black woman the truth?  Or is he seeing her as someone who can help his campaign for a presidential pardon?

A Human Being Died That Night is based on Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela ‘s Alan Paton award-winning best-selling book of the same name and explores, through her extraordinary prison interviews with de Kock, how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer. She questions his continued imprisonment. South African born Nicholas Wright is one of Britain’s foremost playwrights who has regularly written for the National Theatre. His plays include Vincent in Brixton (Laurence Olivier Award for Best new Play 2003), The Reporter (2007), The Last Duchess (The Hampstead Theatre 2011) and Travelling Light (2012).

Noma Dumezweni is a highly regarded Swazi born British stage, film and tv actress who won the Laurence Olivier Award for her supporting role in Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun (Young Vic and Lyric Theatre). Matthew Marsh is one of Britain’s foremost actors with credits that range from The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep to the hit BBC TV series Spooks.

Director Jonathan Munby‘s last production at the Fugard Theatre was Caryl Churchill’s A Number with father and son British theatre stars Tim and Sam West. Additional theatre credits include Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homberg (Donmar Warehouse), Pedro de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer's Nights Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company (at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and the five star reviewed Wendy and Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company). The creative team on A Human Being Died That Night is Paul Wills (UK, SA) on design; lighting by Daniel Galloway (SA) and Tim Mitchell (UK), and sound design by James Webb (SA) and Christopher Shutt (UK).

Bookings are now open for the season at the Hampstead Downstairs.

★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink
★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink

A Human Being Died That Night (New York)

A Human Being Died That Night (New York)
29 MAY – 21 JUN AT BAM, NEW YORK
TUE – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 2 & 7:30 PM | SUN 3 PM
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York
  • Dates

    29 May 2015 - 21 Jun 2015
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 2 & 7:30 PM | SUN 3 PM
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Noma DumezweniPumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    • Matthew MarshEugene de Kock
  • Creative

    • Nicholas WrightPlaywright
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Paul WillsDesigner
    • Tim MitchellLighting Designer
    • Christopher ShuttSound Designer
    • Greg Karvellas Associate Director
    • Jackie OrtonCostume Supervisor
    • Jan Haydn-RowlesDialect Coach

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present A Human Being Died That Night, a play by Nicholas Wright.

Following two acclaimed seasons in Cape Town and London, this Fugard Theatre production transfers to New York, for a season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from 29 May – 21 June 2015. 

A Human Being Died That Night was first produced by Eric Abraham at The Hampstead Downstairs, London in May of 2013 and ran for a sold out 5 week season.

1997. Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin, Eugene de Kock nicknamed “Prime Evil”– the head of the apartheid regime’s death squads. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madizikela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. She is determined to try to understand what motivated de Kock’s actions. One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt’s endeavor to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichman’s trial in Israel in 1962.

How did de Kock become one of the most reviled figures in apartheid and indeed world history? Is Pumla able to overcome her disgust and hate for this monster and find the human within? And will de Kock be prepared to open up and tell an educated black woman the truth?  Or is he seeing her as someone who can help his campaign for a presidential pardon?

A Human Being Died That Night is based on Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela ‘s Alan Paton award-winning best-selling book of the same name and explores, through her extraordinary prison interviews with de Kock, how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer. She questions his continued imprisonment. South African born Nicholas Wright is one of Britain’s foremost playwrights who has regularly written for the National Theatre. His plays include Vincent in Brixton (Laurence Olivier Award for Best new Play 2003), The Reporter (2007), The Last Duchess (The Hampstead Theatre 2011) and Travelling Light (2012).

Noma Dumezweni is a highly regarded Swazi born British stage, film and tv actress who won the Laurence Olivier Award for her supporting role in Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun (Young Vic and Lyric Theatre). Matthew Marsh is one of Britain’s foremost actors with credits that range from The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep to the hit BBC TV series Spooks.

Director Jonathan Munby‘s theatre credits include Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homberg (Donmar Warehouse), Pedro de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer's Nights Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company (at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and the five star reviewed Wendy and Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company). Design on the production is by Paul Wills, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound design by Christopher Shutt.

Bookings are now open for the season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

... quietly gripping and superbly acted drama. Ms. Dumezweni and Mr. Marsh’s impeccable performances, under the direction of Jonathan Munby, ground the play in a vivid reality ... - The New York Times
... Marsh’s brilliant portrayal of de Kock ... the riveting Noma Dumezweni ... - New York Magazine
★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink
... quietly gripping and superbly acted drama. Ms. Dumezweni and Mr. Marsh’s impeccable performances, under the direction of Jonathan Munby, ground the play in a vivid reality ... - The New York Times
... Marsh’s brilliant portrayal of de Kock ... the riveting Noma Dumezweni ... - New York Magazine
★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink

A Small Family Business

A Small Family Business
28 SEP 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    28 Sep 2014 - 28 Sep 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Nigel LindsayJack McCracken
    • Debrah GillettPoppy McCracken
    • Gawn GraingerKen Ayres
    • Abby CassidyTina Ruston
    • Alice SykesSamantha McCracken
    • Samuel TaylorRoy Ruston
    • Stephen BeckettCliff McCracken
    • Niky WardleyAnita McCracken
    • Neal BarryDesmond Ayres
    • Amy MarstonHarriet Ayres
    • Amanda HadingueYvonne Doggett
    • Matthew CottleBenedict Hough
    • Gerard MonacoUberto Rivetti
    • Gordon A. CreamGiorgio Rivetti
    • Don GroamacerOrlando Rivetti
    • Reg MacardoonVincenzo Rivetti
    • Marc GerodanoLotario Rivetti
  • Creative

    • Alan AyckbournWriter
    • Adam PenformDirector
    • Tim HatleyDesigner
    • Paul AndersonLighting Designer
    • Grant OldingMusic
    • Alison de BurghFight Director
    • Gareth FrySound Designer

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

A Steady Rain

A Steady Rain
5 – 22 OCT 2016
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R130 – R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    05 Oct 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R150
  • Cast

    • Nicholas PaulingJoey
    • Brent PalmerDenny
  • Creative

    • Adrian CollinsDirector

The acclaimed production of Keith Huff’s award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain transfers to the Fugard Studio Theatre, following a sold out season at the Alexander Bar.

Brent Palmer (The Kingmakers; Bench) and Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park; The Pervert Laura) star in this gritty, rich and entirely gripping noir tale of two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart.

The play is directed by Adrian Collins (Hamlet; Bench; The Birthday Party). Pauling and Collins were both nominated for Fleur du Cap awards this year, for Best Actor and Best New Director respectively.

A Steady Rain takes the audience on a riveting, relentless journey. Using razor-sharp story-telling, writer Keith Huff weaves the perspectives of two Chicago police officers, Joey and Denny, into a harrowing story. Long time partners and best friends, Joey and Denny have serious problems. Joey struggles with alcohol while he secretly obsesses over Denny's wife. Denny is resentful, aggressive and a racist cheater. During the course of the compelling and devastating narrative, the audience is kept white-knuckled right until the moment the lights go down.

Press comments from the previous run of this production included: "a cracker of a script…..the synergy and electric energy between the pair...makes this a compelling piece of drama...remarkable" (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times); "gripping theatre that delivers everything promised by Keith Huff’s award-winning play" (Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus) and "’n vuishou in die maag … 4 stars" (Mariana Malan Die Burger).

"A Steady Rain is an incredible human story of two men," says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard. "On Broadway, the play broke the record for the highest weekly gross of a non-musical production.  Brent Palmer, Nicholas Pauling and Adrian Collins have done justice to Huff’s gripping text in this outstanding production."