West Side Story

West Side Story
FROM 7 MAR 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
Artscape Opera House
  • Dates

    07 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

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

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

  • Creative

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

West Side Story returns to Cape Town in 2018! Bookings now open.

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.

★★★★★ Flawless - City Press
★★★★★ Magic “West Side” slays the genre for SA - The Star Tonight
★★★★ A SA success story - 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

The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season

The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season
17 DEC 2017 – 28 JAN 2018
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Dec 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
  • Price


The Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season is a chance to re-experience some of the most popular recorded live theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season, featuring the best of British theatre screenings as well as some new titles from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat, with its full size high definition cinema screen and 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system. The productions are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage.

“Theatres such as the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the Barbican Theatre are world leaders in the creation of theatre,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre.  “We are delighted to be able to bring this magic to Cape Town audiences with The National Theatre Summer Encore Season. This year, we have also included some Monday night slots for additional viewing in addition to our Sunday morning screenings.”

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare`s classic comedy of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything is possible. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux' Stratagem) directs this joyous new production. “Fabulously funny,dazzling and finely tuned” Radio Times.

Peter Pan is a delight for all the family.  JM Barrie`s much-loved tale of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Wendy Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook in a riot of magic, music and make-believe. Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. “Delightful. Magic, Unforgettable.” – The Guardian

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Sonia Friedman Productions present 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, multiple FIVE STAR production of Edward Albee`s landmark play, broadcast from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard`s name overnight. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in this brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast from The Old Vic theatre in London.

The new staging of Tony Kushner`s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). “A start-to-finish sensation” Daily Telegraph

In Obsession Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film, broadcast from the Barbican Theatre. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Music. Power. Jealousy.  Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer`s iconic play, Amadeus filmed at the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he's determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. FIVE STARS from the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Time Out, Independent, The Stage. 
Tickets cost R100 and can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.


Sunday 17 December 2017
The National Theatre
Saturday 23 December 2017
The National Theatre
Sunday 7 January 2018
The National Theatre
Sunday 14 January 2018
The National Theatre
Monday 15 January 2018
The National Theatre
Sunday 21 January 2018
The National Theatre
Monday 22 January 2018
The National Theatre
Sunday 28 January 2018
The National Theatre

(The schedule is subject to change and further additions will be made)

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope screenings have proven very popular amongst the Fugard Theatre audiences with record attendances since the first season in 2011 and continued growing support.

The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca
EARLY 2018
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Cast

    • Sandra PrinslooMiss Helen
    • Marius WeyersReverend Marius
    • Emily ChildElsa Barlow
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production, which will run at the Fugard Theatre in March and April 2018 before transferring to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for a limited season.

Sandra Prinsloo is Miss Helen (So Ry Miss Daisy, Oskar en die Pienk Tannie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Miss Julie), Marius Weyers is Rev. Marius (The Fugard’s The Father, Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Twee Grade van Moord, The Gods Must Be Crazy) and Emily Child is Elsa Barlow (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, The Pervert Laura, The Father). Direction will be by Greg Karvellas (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews and the forthcoming Shakespeare in Love). The production will be designed by Saul Radomsky (The Fugard’s Bad Jews, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek) with lighting by Mannie Manim (The Fugard’s The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris) and costumes by Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard’s West Side Story, Kanala, The Father, The Mother, Clybourne Park, King Kong). Sound design will be by the Fugard’s resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard’s King Kong, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

Inspired by Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now-famous The Owl House - which is designated a provincial heritage site – The Road to Mecca is the story of a woman's desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa.
Athol Fugard wrote this play in 1984, creating the lead role of Miss Helen for the late South African theatre star Yvonne Bryceland.
Legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times about The Road to Mecca, commented “Road to Mecca examines the core of artistry... Artists are driven to forge their version of the truth even when they have no hope of an audience, even when they must work with the most humble of materials in the middle of nowhere. Artists are dangerous because they won't deviate from that truth, no matter what pressure to conform is applied by the society around them, reminding us that the artistic conscience is inseparable from the moral conscience.”

“We could think of no better way to mark Athol's 85th birthday in South Africa than with the Fugard Theatre's first production of The Road to Mecca with an extraordinary South African cast – theatre icons Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and the brilliant young Emily Child" says Eric Abraham, Founding Producer of the Fugard Theatre.

 “Athol Fugard has committed his career and life to restoring our sense of a common humanity. To masterfully pricking our consciences to the injustices of apartheid, inequality and the inadequacies of the new dispensation. His deeply rooted South African narratives resonate universally. A unique figure who was the first to create roles for all South Africans - especially for black actors. His narratives and indelible black characters profoundly changed the way millions of people world over viewed apartheid. Our theatre is proud to bear his name and strive to continue his legacy as a crucible of creativity and common humanity for all South Africans.”

Time Magazine regards Fugard as "the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world". Athol Fugard was born in 1932 in Middelburg in the Karoo. An internationally acclaimed playwright director and occasional actor, for over half a century he has written almost forty soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the inhumanity of apartheid. His plays champion truth and a fundamental universal humanity. In 2011 he received the ultimate recognition from the world’s most prestigious theatre community - a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He is also the author of four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Master Harold and the Boys, The Train Driver, The Blue Iris and The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Many of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - South Africa's first Academy award in this category. Athol’s work spans the period of apartheid in South Africa, through the first democratic elections, to Nelson Mandela’s presidency and into present-day, post-apartheid South Africa.

The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards, Athol was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale global arts prize for Theatre/Film by the Japan Art Association in 2014. One of the most performed playwrights in the world, he continues to direct and write plays. He shares his life with his wife the writer and academic Paula Fourie and their dog Jakkals.

The Road to Mecca will run at the Fugard in early 2018 before transferring to Johannesburg. The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town.

Tickets, which will officially go on sale from Friday 7 July 2017, can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.  Pre-bookings are available by calling the theatre directly today! There is a generous 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.



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