Turandot

Turandot
13 OCT 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 13 Oct 2013
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Language

    Italian with English subtitles
  • Cast

    • Lise LindstromTurandot
    • Marco BertiCalaf
    • Alasdair ElliottAltoum
    • Raymond AcetoTimur
    • Eri NakamuraLiu
    • Dionysios SourbisPing
    • David Butt PhilipPang
    • Douglas JonesPong
  • Creative

    • Andrei SerbanDirector
    • Sally JacobsDesigns
    • F. Mitchell DanaLighting Design
    • ChoreographyKate Flatt

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

The Fugard Bioscope's World Opera and Ballet Season gets off to a dramatic start with Puccini’s musically sublime final opera Turandot – a tale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love. Andrei Serban’s production of this dark Oriental fairytale is spectacular, with Sally Jacobs’s magnificent sets and elaborate masks, and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. One of the greatest Turandot singers today, Lise Lindstrom, makes her Royal Opera debut, with Marco Berti, a wonderful Puccinian singer, in the role of Prince Calaf.

See the rest of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014 here.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night
17 DEC 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Dec 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes, excluding a 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Tamara Lawrance Viola
    • Oliver ChrisOrsino
    • Phoebe Fox Olivia
    • Daniel Ezra Sebastian
    • Tamsin GreigMalvolia
    • Doon Mackichan Feste
    • Tim McmullanSir Toby Belch
    • Niky Wardley Maria
    • Daniel Rigby Sir Andrew Aguecheek
    • Adam BestAntonio
  • Creative

    • Simon GoodwinDirector
    • Soutra GilmourDesigner
    • Dan JacksonMusic Director, Piano and Accordion
    • James FarncombeLighting Designer
    • Michael BruceMusic
    • Shelley MaxwellMovement Director

Screened as part of the Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season.

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis
5 – 19 OCT 2014
6 PM | R130
  • Dates

    05 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014
  • Time

    6 PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes

The Cape Consort returns to the Fugard with Part 4 of its Monteverdi Project.

Following the success of the first three parts of the Cape Consort’s highly popular Monteverdi Project, the Consort returns to the Fugard Studio in October with Part 4 and presents the earliest surviving English opera, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Repeat performances take place on three consecutive Sunday evenings, 5, 12 and 19 October at 6pm in the exquisite Sigrid Rausing Studio of the Fugard Theatre. A pre-concert talk will take place before each Sunday performance at 5:15pm.

Venus and Adonis, the only dramatic work by John Blow (1648/9 – 1708), was composed for the court of Charles II around 1683. The part of Venus was sung by Mary (Moll) Davies, the king’s former mistress, while their illegitimate daughter, Lady Mary Tudor, sang the part of Cupid. This work served as the model for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Venus and Adonis, based on the classical myth, tells the story of Venus’ affair with Adonis, and his death due to a mortal wound inflicted by an enormous boar. In an idealised pastoral setting these vivid characters deal with desire, manipulation, pride and loss.

This performance of Venus and Adonis will include six voices, a 7-piece ensemble of period instruments, a narrator and text projections, and promises to be yet another of the stylish and exciting interpretations for which the Cape Consort has become known.
Do not miss the opportunity to hear this rarely performed gem!

Patrons are invited to meet the musicians on the theatre’s roof-top deck after the show, where drinks will be for sale.

Tickets may be booked through Computicket, 0861 915 8000 or via the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard receive discounts when booking through the theatre’s box office.

Secure parking is available across the road in the Harrington Square parking lot and the Fugard bar will be open before and after each performance.

The Cape Consort is a Cape Town based ensemble dedicated to stylish and historically informed performances of Early Music. Part of a wider initiative to introduce Historically Informed Performance Practice (HIPP) to South African concert stages, the Consort collaborates with international practitioners and musicologists, and also strives to connect local musicians to the debate and research in the field of HIPP. The ensemble aims to establish a regular presence on the South African concert circuit, exploring and presenting early vocal repertoire (which rarely features in local concerts) in vivid performances of works by composers such as Monteverdi, Strozzi, D'India, Caresana, Biber, Schütz, Buxtehude, Purcell, the Bach family, and many other less familiar names. In line with current trends in early music circles, the Consort translates and re-contextualises ancient musical expressions into vibrant and credibly contemporary articulations.

Conceived as a flexible group, the consort adapts its forces to the requirements of the repertoire. The regular singers are Lente Louw and Antoinette Blyth (sopranos), Nick de Jager, Lance Phillip, and Willem Bester (tenors), and Charles Ainslie (bass-baritone). Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord/organ) and Hans Huyssen (Baroque cello) form the core basso continuo group. Period instruments such as viols, violins, viols, lute, theorbo, and percussion join forces as the repertoire requires.

In 2011, the Cape Consort performed Monteverdi's six-part Vespers in a series of concerts, as well as an all Purcell programme in collaboration with the Cape Town Consort of Viols. Concerts with visiting artists, such as the renowned Dutch Baroque violinist Antoinette Lohmann and the soprano Mandie de Villiers-Schutte were also presented. The Cape Consort has appeared at the Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn, the Odeion Musik Fest in Bloemfontein, GIPCA’s Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch, the Cape Town Concert Series at the Baxter Theatre and Cultivaria in Paarl. Its performance at the Stellenbosch Woordfees in 2012 was awarded with the Woordtrofee for ‘best classical music production’, a KykNet Fiësta nomination and a return invitation to the Endler concert series in 2013.

In February 2012, the group launched the first part of its Monteverdi Project at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The gripping renditions of Monteverdi madrigals (supported by synchronised and animated projections of text translations) which ran for a series of sold-out performance and resulted in an invitation to establish a regular presence at the Fugard, is documented on the ensemble's first CD: Claudio Monteverdi Selected Madgrigals (www.mucavi.com/Madrigals.html). The Monteverdi Project is ongoing and 2014 will see Part 4 – John Blow’s Venus and Adonis.  

Upcoming appearances include a second collaboration with Camerata Tinta Barocca in a performance of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah (10 December 2014, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church)

www.mucavi.com/CapeConsort

Vigil

Vigil
13 JULY - 03 AUGUST 2013
TUES - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R120-R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    TUES - FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM
  • Price

    R120-R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Graham HopkinsKemp
    • Vanessa CookeGrace
  • Creative

    • Christopher WeareDirector
    • Julia AnastasopolousDesign
    • Stephen JenningsProducer
    • Susan DanfordProducer
    • Graham HopkinsProducer

Vigil brings together three multiple award-winning South African theatre luminaries for a season at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town, following the play’s Premiere on the Main Programme at this year’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Starring Graham Hopkins as Kemp and Vanessa Cooke as Grace, this brilliant black comedy is directed by Fleur du Cap Life-Time Achievement Award-Winner, Christopher Weare. The set and costumes are designed by Julia Anastasopolous.

Cape Town actors and producers, Susan Danford and Stephen Jennings proposed Vigil to The Grahamstown National Arts Festival for their 2013 season, and were thrilled to have it invited to be part of this year’s Main Festival Programme. Along with Vigil actor and fellow producer Graham Hopkins, they are now presenting it, direct from its Grahamstown premiere, at the Fugard Studio Theatre from mid-July. Thereafter, it moves to the Hilton Arts Festival. Susan and Stephen were last seen on the Fugard boards with Sir Anthony Sher in the sold out season of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass that earned Susan a Fleur du Cap Best Actress nomination.
Since winning the Jessie Richardson Award for “Outstanding Original Play” this universally-embraced work, by Morris Panych, has gone on to be translated into 19 languages, and been performed in theatres from London’s West End to Tokyo, from Paris to New York. Hopkins’ Kemp is "a self professed neurotic”, a hilariously self-centred and shallow person who finds himself, through his own errors and inattentiveness, in a life-and-death situation with profound and far-reaching consequences. Cooke’s Grace is the aging aunt he has travelled cross-country to be with on her death-bed. But Kemp’s bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired: “I am concerned about your health these past few days. It seems to be improving.” Kemp. It’s a play of twisted circumstance and surprising turns, it is deliciously absurd, incredibly funny, and poignantly tender, and with a twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The humour is wicked, the observations sharp, the writing crisp and cutting, “a small masterpiece” (Globe and Mail). Morris Panych’s work is well known internationally and his plays have been performed to sold-out houses in the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Canada, where his work is always in demand. Both an award-winning author and director, Panych’s feel for the theatre comes from his own love of the acting profession; he has been a distinguished actor for decades, having appeared in more than fifty productions. Panych is a two time winner of the Canadian Governor-General’s Award.

Vigil’s incisive script has previously attracted actors of the calibre of Tony Award-winning Brent Carver and Oscar award-winning Olympia Dukakis. Its genius lies in its universality. In all of Panych’s writing he has striven not to locate his plays in a particular place or time. Responding to the question of why he thought Vigil has had such a long and international life, Panych commented: “the play addresses key issues many people face on a daily basis.” People everywhere deal with issues around the extended family, and taking care of the elderly, and Panych knows: “There isn’t a single person sitting in this theatre who won’t fundamentally understand (the) situation.. Every time there is a new production in another country, in another language, I think, “Wow, it’s being done in Tokyo”.

Vigil runs at the National Arts Festival from 5 to 7 July at the Victoria Theatre, and at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town from 13 July to 3 August 2013. Performances are nightly at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays at 4pm. Tickets from R120 to R160 via Computicket or 0214614554. Special discounts are available for the Friends of the Fugard.

5 Stars ... Brilliant Entertainment - Cape Argus
Theatre at its finest - Cape Times
Captivating from beginning to end - What's On in Cape Town
Laugh out loud funny - City Press
Refined artistry at its most profound - Biz Community
Wickedly dark…hilarious, quirky and heartfelt - Variety
4 Stars ... verrassend en bitter snaaks - Die Burger
A small masterpiece - Globe & Mail
A devilishly funny play - Maclean's
5 Stars ... Brilliant Entertainment - Cape Argus
Theatre at its finest - Cape Times
Captivating from beginning to end - What's On in Cape Town
Laugh out loud funny - City Press
Refined artistry at its most profound - Biz Community
Wickedly dark…hilarious, quirky and heartfelt - Variety
4 Stars ... verrassend en bitter snaaks - Die Burger
A small masterpiece - Globe & Mail
A devilishly funny play - Maclean's

Voorkamerfest

Voorkamerfest
31 AUG – 2 SEP 2018
FRI 5 PM | SAT 12 & 5 PM | SUN 12 PM | R200 - R250
  • Dates

    31 Aug 2018 - 02 Sep 2018
  • Time

    FRI 5 PM | SAT 12 & 5 PM | SUN 12 PM
  • Price

    R200 - R250

Voorkamerfest Festival in Darling is back and set for the first weekend in spring

One of  South Africa's most unique events, the Voorkamerfest, returns to the West Coast town of Darling after a two-year break, from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018,  presented for the first time in association with the Fugard Theatre.

The Voorkamerfest takes place during the first weekend of spring in one of the Western Cape's most beautiful regions in the quaint town of Darling that is also home to South Africa's Most Famous White Woman, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout. The event, produced by Tasha Reid and co-produced by Antoinette van Heerden, was founded in 2004 by Inge Bos and Wim Visser, supported by founding sponsor Stichting Doen (NL) with the help of Pieter-Dirk Uys, the residents of Darling and various local businesses.

2018 marks the 13th festival, a vibrant multiple genre showcase of cross cultural theatre, music, dance and comedy, performed by South African and international artists. In previous years, the Voorkamerfest has hosted performers from the UK, Holland, Belgium, France, Surinam, India, Zimbabwe, Angola, Algeria, Canada, and Switzerland.  This year, audiences can look forward to performances by several talented companies, ensembles and individuals, such as Jazzart, Nylon Dance Company, Jitsvinger and The Buckfever Underground.

What sets this festival apart is that audiences don't know exactly which shows they'll be seeing until they are seated in the front rooms (voorkamers) of homes spread throughout the community.  There are seven colour-coded routes from which to choose, each offering three shows in three houses. Minibus taxis ferry patrons from Evita se Perron to venues that range from grand old Cape Dutch manors to RDP houses, where local hosts receive visitors a warm Darling welcome.

Evita se Perron forms the festival hub with a daily outdoor market co-ordinated by I love Yzer, offering local crafts and fare.  An open air concert in Darling East brings the festival to a fitting close on the final day and is free for all.

1 weekend, 21 shows, 60 performers - this is an event not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale and advance booking is essential. Routes are scheduled for 5pm on Friday 31st August , 12pm and 5pm on Saturday 1 September  and 12pm on Sunday 2 September 2018. Tickets can be pre-booked and collected at the box office in the Evita se Perron piazza area and guests are advised to arrive an hour before taxis depart for the shows. Tickets cost R200pp on Friday and R250pp on Saturday and Sunday and are available through Quicket via www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . and 079 1903218. R5 from each ticket sold will be donated to The Darling Trust NGO (www.thedarlingtrust.org).

Vusi Mahlasela and Karen Zoid Live

Vusi Mahlasela and Karen Zoid Live
11 Nov 2011 - 12 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    11 Nov 2011 - 12 Nov 2011

Karen Zoid recently completed her nationwide "Afrikaners is Plesierig" 10 year Anniversary tour, while Vusi Mahlasela will undertake his 20 year "When you come back" Anniversary tour in 2012. The two musical greats appeared in concert together to emphasise the integration of South African people through combining their music and audiences, revealing a soulful expression and celebration of our rainbow nation.

Karen Zoid, with a career span of over a decade, has earned numerous accolades, including gold album sales and SAMA awards. She has shared the stage with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan, Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40. The release in 2002 of her first solo album, “Poles Apart” fired the imagination of both critics and the public when she burst onto the scene with the song “Afrikaners is Plesierig”. The song became iconic and Zoid became South Africa's queen of rock. Over the years fans were introduced to songs like Beautiful, Deurmekaar and Ons soek rock & roll. In 2005, Small Room became one of the biggest songs playlisted on radio, while Aeroplane Jane became the most requested song over the past three years. In November 2010, Karen released her latest studio album “*Terms & Conditions”, to great acclaim.

Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as ‘The Voice’ to many in South Africa. Born, raised and still residing in the Mamelodi Township, this singer, songwriter, poet and activist released his popular debut album “When You Come Back” in 1992 and was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. Vusi Mahlasela has successfully followed his muse, releasing eight albums over the past two decades, notching up gold and platinum status, as well as several SAMA awards. Celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics, his sound is a hybrid of folk, world, blues and soul.

Today, Mahlasela is a national treasure and an international star, which has come to the attention of American audiences through his contract with the ATO Records label of long-time admirer and fellow South African, Dave Matthews. Having released his latest studio album “Say Africa” in November 2010, Mahlasela also recently performed with Paul Simon for a week of shows in New York, toured with banjoist Bela Fleck and comes to the Fugard Theatre fresh off a tour with folk sensation Ray Lamontagne.

Vusi Mahlasela Live

Vusi Mahlasela Live
29 Apr 2011 - 30 Apr 2011
R150 and R200
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    29 Apr 2011 - 30 Apr 2011
  • Price

    R150 and R200

In late 2010 Vusi ‘The Voice’ Mahlasela returned with an acclaimed new album that’s a fitting reminder of everything fans around the world have come to treasure about this award-winning South African artist. Mahlasela’s gift for conveying socially conscious messages in a way that’s never strident is again on great display on ‘Say Africa’. For Mahlasela, the joy is always in the creation of songs that will be timeless and live intensely with people.

Vusi Mahlasela performed live and exclusively at The Fugard Theatre for two nights only, along with the vocal a’capella group D-seven.

West Side Story

West Side Story
MUST CLOSE 22 APR 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM | R150 – R470
Artscape Opera House
  • Dates

    07 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
  • Price

    R150 – R470
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

    • Kevin HackTony
    • Stephen JubberRiff
    • Sven-Eric MüllerDiesel
    • Michael FullardBaby John
    • Jonathan RaathA-Rab
    • Logan TimbreAction
    • Cameron BothaSnowboy
    • Benton-Steele BotesBig Deal
    • Lee Van Der MerweAnybody’s
    • Gemma Trehearn Minne
    • Michèle La TrobeGraziella
    • Jenna Robinson-ChildVelma, Female Dance Captain
    • Brittané Van LoggerenbergPauline
    • Daniel RichardsBernardo
    • Clint LeschChino
    • Shaun OelfPepe
    • Duane WilliamsIndio
    • Thami NjokoLuis
    • Tevin WienerToro
    • Julio José JantjiesNibbles
    • Lynelle KennedMaria
    • Bianca Le GrangeAnita
    • Kirsten Murphy RossiterRosalia
    • Chloe PerlingConsuela
    • Sarah-Ann Van Der MerweFrancisca
    • Lesego Van NiekerkTeresita
    • Kirsty NdawoEstella
    • James BorthwickDoc
    • Craig UrbaniSchrank, Glad Hand
    • Richard LothianKrupke
    • Ernestine StuurmanMaria Cover
    • Nurit GraffFemale Dance Swing
    • Claire BoswellFemale Swing
    • Hardy KeeveMale Swing
    • Grant Van SterResident Choreographer, Male Dance Captain
    • Justin SwartzMale Swing
  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director and Conductor
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Conor MurphySet Design
    • Tim MitchellLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit production of West Side Story will return to Cape Town at the Artscape Opera House in 2018.
 
The exceptional Lynelle Kenned (Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers, Showboat) will reprise the role of Maria for which she won the Fleur du Cap for Best Actress in a Musical in 2016.  Tony, will be played by US-born actor Kevin Hack who has performed the role almost 400 times and recently completed the international tour playing the role in the 60th anniversary international tour of Michael Brenner's production of West Side Story. His other hit show credits include Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Catch Me If You Can: The Musical and The Civil War.
 
Other principal cast members reprising their roles are Bianca Le Grange as Anita (Blood Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), Stephen Jubber as Riff, leader of the Jets gang (Aunty Merle the Musical, Annie, Mamma Mia!) and Sven-Eric Müller as Diesel (Funny Girl, Cabaret). Craig Urbani (Rock of Ages, Sound of Music, Isidingo) returns as Shrank, the role he performed in the Johannesburg season, with Richard Lothian (The Play That Goes Wrong) once again playing Officer Krupke. Daniel Richards (Aunty Merle the Musical, State Fracture, Pay Back the Curry) re-joins the cast as Bernardo and James Borthwick (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rhythm City, Evita) will take the role of Doc. Michael Fullard (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Jonathan Raath (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Cameron Botha (Funny Girl, Pinocchio, Sweeney Todd), Benton-Steele Botes (69 For your (Adult) Eyes Only), Lee van der Merwe (Immortal), Gemma Trehearn (Sacred Space), Michèle Trobe (Funny Girl), Jenna Robinson-Child (Cabaret), Brittané van Loggerenberg (A Spartacus of Africa), Clint Lesch (Calling Me Home), Duane Williams (7de Laan), Thami Njoko (Honey 3: Dare To Dance), Shaun Oelf (Fishers of Hope), Tevin Wiener (Honey 3: Dare to Dance), Nurit Graff (Saturday Night Fever), Claire Boswell (Singin’ in the Rain), Hardy Keeve (4) and Kirsten Murphy Rossiter (Peter Pan), Chloe Perling (Cabaret), Kirsty Ndawo (Chicago), Ernestine Stuurman (Tiger Bay), Sarah-Ann van der Merwe (Pinocchio), Julio Jantjies (A Spartacus of Africa), Logan Timbre (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Lesego van Niekerk (African Footprint) complete the talented cast.
 
West Side Story, a production by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, exploded on to the Cape Town stage in the winter of 2015 and due to overwhelming demand will return to the Artscape stage for one final season in South Africa. The grand-scale musical, known globally for an unforgettable score that marries stirring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, retells William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and is set in New York City's Upper West Side in the late 1950s. It follows the heart breaking, short-lived love story of two young and idealistic lovers, Tony and Maria, who are caught between two warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The extended dynamic dance scenes and iconic songs such as "Something's Coming", "Maria", "I Feel Pretty" and “Tonight”, all set to Bernstein’s magnificent score, make for riveting theatre.
 
The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story brings together the same award-winning core creative team behind other superb Fugard Theatre productions The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret and Funny Girl. Matthew Wild is director, Charl-Johan Lingenfelder is musical director and conductor, and Louisa Talbot is the choreographer, with Grant van Ster (Calling me Home, Aunty Merle the Musical) as Resident Choreographer. With a full orchestra and an outstanding cast of forty, West Side Story is once again set to sweep Capetonians off their feet. 

★★★★★ Flawless - City Press
★★★★★ Magic “West Side” slays the genre for SA - The Star Tonight
★★★★★ - The Cape Argus
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Sets new standards for local grand-scale musicals - Die Beeld
It’s up there among the best theatre experiences in this city, of the decade - What's on in Joburg
A theatrical masterpiece - Stage and Screen
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet
West Side Story has to be the hottest ticket in town. It sizzles. - Artslink
★★★★★ Flawless - City Press
★★★★★ Magic “West Side” slays the genre for SA - The Star Tonight
★★★★★ - The Cape Argus
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Sets new standards for local grand-scale musicals - Die Beeld
It’s up there among the best theatre experiences in this city, of the decade - What's on in Joburg
A theatrical masterpiece - Stage and Screen
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet
West Side Story has to be the hottest ticket in town. It sizzles. - Artslink

When in doubt say darling

When in doubt say darling
7 – 25 AUG 2018
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R140 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
  • Time

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

    R140 – R160
  • Cast

    • Pieter-Dirk Uys

After a sold-out season at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Studio, the newest Pieter-Dirk Uys show will be presented at the Fugard Theatre in August.

Sometimes politics repeats itself, not only taking history and turning it into farce, but taking farce and turning into the fake news which is now called entertainment. Pieter-Dirk Uys is sorting out 40 years of distress, disguise and disgust: from apartheid to tripartite, from amandla to Nkandla. Wigs, glasses, wagging fingers, toyi-toyis, red berets, trump cards of madness, icons and aikonas.  From Bezuidenhouts, Raubenheimers and Ramaphosas to Altzheimers.

At a time when a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: when in doubt say darling. If you can't remember their names, just say darling. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling. He did it, and now Pieter-Dirk Uys also lives in Darling.

Join him and many darlings in this minefield of hashtags and hatespeech, on an exciting walk to the edge of the next cliff, when the end of the world seems nigh. It used to be called a sunset but here's a secret: the sun will also rise tomorrow, darling.

Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.

 

While we're not apart

Zolani Mahola, the lead vocalist for the band Freshlyground, will be appearing in her first theatre reading for a play written for her by a French writer, Eudes Panel.

The play is set in a southern country and expresses a feminine, brave and humane perspective on the challenges faced by the health system. It focuses on HIV/Aids and the “civil” diseases attached to it, i.e. political cowardice, social stigmatization, fear, beliefs and ignorance. The play also explores the male dominance of the world and invites us to think different about the only other alternative, which is feminine. Mr. Panel continuously reminds us of the constant possibility of forgiveness, love and the gift of life. The style of writing in its candor is reminiscent of the great American writer Phillip Roth.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
7 JAN 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    07 Jan 2018 - 07 Jan 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 55 minutes, excluding a 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Imelda StauntonMartha
    • Conleth HillGeorge
    • Imogen PootsHoney
    • Luke TreadwayNick
  • Creative

    • Edward AlbeePlaywright
    • James McDonaldDirector
    • Tom PyeDesigner
    • Charles BalfourLighting

Screened as part of the Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season.

Imelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, 5 star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?

Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?
28 JUL – 08 AUG 2015
MON – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 4 PM | R90 – R180
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    28 Jul 2015 - 08 Aug 2015
  • Time

    MON – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 4 PM
  • Price

    R90 – R180
  • Duration

    150 minutes including interval
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Marius WeyersGeorge
    • Sandra PrinslooMartha
    • Wessel PretoriusNick
    • Greta PietersenHoney
  • Creative

    • Saartjie BothaVertaling
    • Christiaan OlwagenRegie
    • Birrie le RouxKostuums
    • Jaco BouwerStelontwerp
    • Wolf BritzBeligtingsontwerp
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderKlankbaan
    • Jeanne SteenkampVerhoogbestuur

Saartjie Botha en die Fugard Teater bied met trots die Afrikaanse vertaling van Edward Albee se veelbekroonde drama van Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? aan. Die skreeusnaakse, maar gitswart donker woorde-oorlog is op die planke vanaf 28 Julie in die hoofteater vir ‘n kort speelvak tot 8 Augustus.

’n Ou-getroude professor en sy vrou, George en Martha, nooi ’n pas-getroude, pas aangestelde jong professor en sy vrou vir ’n loopdop na ’n fakulteitsfunksie. ’n Nag van waansin volg: die niks- vermoedende nuwelinge word in die bestek van ’n paar uur deur vernedering, frustrasie en manipulasie heeltemal ontredderd gelaat. Dit word ’n nag waarin pretensie en voorgee brutaal ontmasker word, en ’n huwelikbootjie op die rotse afstuur. George en Martha ontsien geen moeite om mekaar verbaal te vermorsel en kreatiewe maniere te vind om mekaar te uitoorlê nie.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is vir die eerste maal op Broadway opgevoer in 1962 en word bekroon met ’n Tony Toekenning sowel as die New York Drama Critics’ Circle prys vir beste nuwe stuk. Dit is destyds beskou as “a brilliant original work of art”, en die tallose sukselvolle produksies die afgelope halwe eeu bevestig dat die stuk niks van sy impak verloor het nie. Dramaturg Edward Albee het reeds die Pulitzer Pryse vir drama drie keer gewen. Hy kry ook die prys vir Virginia Woolf, maar dit word destyds teruggetrek na klagtes oor die godslastering en losse sedes in die stuk. Van Albee se bekendste werke sluit in The Zoo Story, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia maar Virginia Woolf? bly sy bekendste werk, ondermeer danksy Mike Nichols se klassieke 1966 filmweergawe met Elizabeth Taylor en Richard Burton.

In Saartjie Botha se Afrikaanse vertaling Wie is bang vir Virginia Woolf? is Marius Weyers te sien in die rol van George en Sandra Prinsloo as Martha. Wessel Pretorius en Greta Pietersen speel die jong, niks-vermoedende paartjie, Nick en Honey. Christiaan Olwagen, vanjaar se Jong Kunstenaar vir teater by die Nasionale Kunstefees op Grahamstad, is die regisseur. Olwagen is reeds veelbekroon, onder andere vir sy eietydse, grensverskuiwende aanslag in die Die Seemeeu, en die semi-biografiese Dogma. Hy word bygestaan deur ’n sterk produksiespan: Birrie le Roux (kostuums), Jaco Bouwer (stel), Wolf Britz (beligtingsontwerp) and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (klankbaan).

 


 

Saartjie Botha, in partnership with the Fugard Theatre, are proud to present Edward Albee’s award-winning masterpiece, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The hilariously dark martial war of words will run at the Fugard Main Theatre from 28 July for a limited season which must close on 8 August.

On the campus of a small university the once loving but now embittered and battle-scarred aging couple, George and Martha entertain a new young professor and his wife following a late night faculty party. Over the course of the evening the unwitting guests are drawn into a three act tour de force of humiliation, frustration and manipulation that will leave everyone’s cards face-up on the table and a marriage in serious trouble. Marital strife has never been so wickedly fun as the sharp-tongued dysfunctional couple discover inventive ways to get under the other’s skin, building to a climax that still leaves audience aghast.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premiered on Broadway in late 1962 and went on to win both the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Play. Hailed at the time as “a brilliant original work of art”, the numerous award winning revivals over the past half century have proven that the play still packs the same punch it delivered in its debut. The play’s author, Edward Albee, has received three Pulitzer Prizes for drama and was selected by the award’s drama jury for Virginia Woolf? but was overruled by the advisory committee which elected not to give a drama award at all that year because of the play’s then controversial use of profanity and sexual themes. Albee is also well known for his other works including The Zoo Story, The American Dream and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia but Virginia Woolf? would likely be his most well known work in some part due to Mike Nichols 1966 film adaptation featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Saartjie Botha’s Afrikaans translation Wie is bang vir Virginia Woolf? stars Marius Weyers in the role of George and Sandra Prinsloo as Martha. Wessel Pretorius and Greta Pietersen will portray the young unsuspecting married couple, Nick and Honey.

Christiaan Olwagen, the Young Artist for Theatre at this year’s NAF has won numerous awards, among others for his version of The Seagull, as well as his thought provoking Dogma, is the director. Olwagen is assisted by a design team including, Birrie le Roux (costumes), Jaco Bouwer (set), Wolf Britz (lights) and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (sound).

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Women in Voice in Business

Women in Voice in Business
07 May 2011 - 07 May 2011
R350.00
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 May 2011 - 07 May 2011
  • Price

    R350.00

The human voice is the most overlooked personal asset even though we all regularly make assumptions about a person's education, age, status, competency and reliability based on how that person sounds. If you are intrigued by the idea of 'vocal image' this workshop offers the opportunity to explore both the power and the range of your voice.

Liz Mills has worked with voices for 30 years. Her background is in theatre where she works as a director and a voice practitioner. An extended academic career in the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town added a scholarship in voice, international publication and the development of her own techniques for working creatively with the voice. Her work has been shared with colleagues in the USA and UK. But it is her work with private clients from all walks of life that convinced her of the need for women to have their own space in which to explore both the impact and the potential of their voices.

Woolf Works

Woolf Works
4 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Jun 2017 - 04 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

    • The Royal Ballet
  • Creative

    • Wayne McGregorDirector, Choreography
    • Max RichterMusic
    • Koen KesselsConductor

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

The first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf.

The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award- winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet. McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf’s landmark novels – Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves – with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Acclaimed British composer Max Richter creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.

Yerma

Yerma
15 APR 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    15 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Billie PiperHer
    • Brendan CowellJohn
    • Charlotte RandleMary
    • John MacmillanVictor
    • Maureen BeattieHelen
  • Creative

    • Simon StoneDirector
    • Lizzie ClachanDesign
    • Alice BabidgeCostumes
    • James FarncombeLighting

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season. From the National Theatre.

The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.

A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.