The award-winning South African premiere production of the enchanting romantic comedy Shakespare in Love returns to the Fugard Theatre due to overwhelming demand.
Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production of Shakespare in Love which was a runaway success last year, playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.
Written by Lee Hall and adapted from the Academy Award-winning (1999) screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, the comedy ran for an extended sold out season at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in London in 2014.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he is in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.
Shakespare in Love features a stellar cast of 21 actors including the return of the loveable fur-actor Bogart as Spot the Dog, who captured the hearts of all who saw the show. The play is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Road to Mecca, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, CHAMP).
Robyn Scott recently won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play for her role as Elizabeth I. The production was also nominated for Best Performance by an Ensemble, Best Lighting Design for Wolf Britz and Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play for Darron Araujo as Henslowe.
Stepping into the role of Will Shakespeare is Daniel Mpilo Richards who has been dazzling audiences as Bernardo the leader of the Sharks in the Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story (also Aunty Merle the Musical, State Fracture, Pay Back the Curry); with the return of Roxane Hayward (Accident, Blood Drive, Saints and Strangers) as Viola de Lesseps and Cape Talk’s John Maytham as Fennyman.
Multiple award-winner Robyn Scott (London Road, Elizabeth 1- Almost By Chance a Woman) stars as Queen Elizabeth and Jason K. Ralph (The Phantom of the Opera (World Tour), Chicago) as Lord Wessex; Nicholas Pauling (The Father, A Steady Rain, Clybourne Park) as Ned Allen; Sven Ruygrok (The Mother, Epstein, Spud) as Sam and Mark Elderkin (Twelfth Night, CHAMP) as Burbage. Darron Araujo (CHAMP, The Taming of the Shrew) performs the role of Henslowe; Armand Aucamp (KNAPSEKêRELS, Krotoa) as Marlowe; Adrian Collins (Bench, King Lear) as Ralph; Walter van Dyk (Arms and the Man [Watford Palace Theatre UK], A Flea in her Ear [Old Vic Theatre] UK) as Tilney; Pierre Malherbe (CHAMP, The Kingmakers) as Nol; Lucy Tops (Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Show, Bar None) as Nurse; Dean Balie (Orpheus in Africa, Kat and the Kings) as John Webster and Louis Viljoen (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Frontiersmen) as Mr Wabash.
Completing the ensemble are Alex Tops (The Rocky Horror Show, Bar None) as Robin; Kathleen Stephens (The Taming of the Shrew, Nasty Womxn) as Mistress Quickly; Rendani Mufamadi (Confession Sessions, Footloose the Musical) as Lambert and Rachel Mertens who returns to the Ensemble.
Set Design is by Paul Wills (King Kong, A Human Being Died That Night),Costume Sourcing and Styling is by Birrie le Roux (King Kong, West Side Story) and Widaad Albertus (The Demon Bride,The Eulogists) with Lighting Design by Wolf Britz (Die Seemeeu; Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?). Sound Design is by David Classen (District Six Kanala) with Resident Musical Director of the Fugard Theatre Charl Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, King Kong, Funny Girl, Cabaret).Choreography is by Kristin Wilson (Salome, Midsummer Night’s Dream) with Fight Choreography by Jon Keevy (Othello, Hamlet).
Shakespare in Love will be performed from Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm with a 3pm matinee on Saturdays. There will be Sunday matinee performances at 3pm on 16, 23 and 30 September. Tickets from R150 to R350 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com.There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.
Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s powerful and searingly topical play - Oleanna.
Starring award-winning actor and comedian Alan Committie (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Love Factually, Defending the Caveman) as John, opposite actress and TV star Nicole Fortuin (SABC 3’s RoerJouVoete, Generations – The Legacy, Swartwater, and Warner Bros’ A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits) as Carol,this hard-hitting two-hander will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre for a strictly limited season from 14 September 2018.
Oleanna is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas (Shakespeare in Love, Significant Other, The Road to Mecca, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Champ).
In Oleanna, a female college student engages with her male professor in a heated discussion about his lesson content and teaching style. The relationship of a somewhat pedantic teacher and his student quickly turns into a fiendishly acute x-ray of the mechanisms of status, censorship, abuse and a charge of sexual harassment. It examines the explosive and relevant contemporary issues of the assumption of power, intellectual freedom and sexual politics against the background of academic, institutional and structural inequality.
This volatile drama will ignite discussion and debate. Did a crime take place? Is Carol’s eventual charge the only way of regaining power over John? Is the truth even relevant after such an accusation?
Set Design is by Chris Pienaar, Costume Design by Birrie le Roux and Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen.
Comments about international productions of the play have included Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times noting, “Experiencing David Mamet's play Oleanna on the stage was one of the most stimulating experiences I've had in a theater.” Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter,who directed the London premiere production, commented, “There can be no tougher or more unflinching play than Oleanna,” and legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times said “"Oleanna" is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year”.
"We are delighted to welcome Alan Committie, one of South Africa's most popular faces and versatile actors, back to the Fugard Theatre stage, starring opposite Nicole Fortuin, one of the country's most talented rising stars. Oleanna is a powerful and searingly topical play, that will no doubt stimulate discussion and debate," says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.
Oleanna carries an age restriction of no under 16.
Oleanna will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre from 14 September for a limited season. It will be performed on Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee on Saturdays at 3pm. Sunday performances will be presented from Sunday 30 September at 3pm.
Tickets from R150 are available directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com. There is a 15% discount for Friends of the Fugard and a 10% discount for pensioners. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office.
Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from the Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar.
There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite the Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.
Please note: Oleanna carries an age restriction of 16 for mature content and violence. Themes and content of sexual harassment and violence against women are prevalent at certain times in the play. These could be triggering to some audience members. If you would like more information about the content of this production please contact us on
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.