David Kramer's Langarm

David Kramer's Langarm
FROM 20 NOV 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 3PM | R160 - R260
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    20 Nov 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 3PM
  • Price

    R160 - R260
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • David KramerWriter, Director
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder Musical Arrangements
    • Saul Radomsky Set Design
    • David ClassenSound Design
    • Widaad Albertus Costume Design
    • Grant van SterChoreography

He was white. She was not. They broke the law to dance. Langarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer, will be presented at the Fugard Theatre for the festive season from 20 November.

Produced and presented by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.


In 1965 when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew Jeff whose fiancé has just dumped him to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets the lovely, young ballroom dancer Angelina, and when she asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships, he sees it as an opportunity to humiliate his ex. Aware that he’ll risk arrest by flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees.


Jeff decides to rejuvenate the hotel by offering langarm dances. When Eddie Jephta  the leader of the Moonlight Serenaders langarm band comes to play at The Canterbury Hotel, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.



“I have been wanting for many years to do a musical inspired by the langarm-ballroom bands from this time,” says David Kramer.  “I grew up watching my parents dancing to the music of these bands, and Langarm pays homage to the likes of the Johnny Lyners Blue Moon Jazz Band and Willie’s Starlite Orchestra.”

“We are proud to be collaborating on our fifth production with David Kramer following the success of District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers and Kat and the Kings,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.

Langarm is written and directed by David Kramer.
The stellar creative team includes Musical Arrangements by Resident Musical Director of the Fugard Theatre Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, King Kong, Funny Girl). Set Design is by Saul Radomsky (The Road to Mecca, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala), Costume Design is by Widaad Albertus (Significant Other, The Demon Bride, The Eulogists) and Choreography is by Grant van Ster (Aunty Merle the Musical, Calling Us Home, Figure of Eight Dance Collective).

 

Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 3pm.  From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 3pm. There will be a Monday night performance at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018 also at 8pm. 

Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 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.

An Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Concert: Water from an Ancient Well

An Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Concert: Water from an Ancient Well
SEP 24 2018
3 PM & 8 PM | R160 – R250
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    24 Sep 2018 - 24 Sep 2018
  • Time

    3 PM & 8 PM
  • Price

    R160 – R250
Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present solo piano concerts by global music icon and South African legend Abdullah Ibrahim.

Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician.  Following his performance at the Oslo Jazz Festival, John Ephland, writing on allaboutjazz.com, described his performance as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’ and commented that his performance has:

‘…a certain signature soulfulness that can only come from living life rich and full. Full of feeling, rich in experience (patience). And yes, a solo piano recital may seem simple but to this listener it once again revealed how exposed a true artist makes himself when heart, gut and soul combine with a voice unlike any other in the jazz piano tradition’.  “We are honoured to be hosting these rare and limited performances in Cape Town by Abdullah Ibrahim in the heart of his original home in District Six,” says Eric Abraham, Founding Producer and Owner of the Fugard Theatre.

Abdullah will be presenting two solo piano concerts at the Fugard Theatre on 24 September 2018. The 8pm performance is presented by the Fugard Theatre, with the 3pm matinee performance being presented in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy as part of the Japanese Consulate Centenary.

Harrington Street car park is located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons. Visit the cosy ground-floor bar, where delicious snacks are also available, and which opens two hours before all scheduled show times and stays open until last rounds are called… often as late as 1am. And if the weather is fine the bar on the fantastic rooftop terrace is opened, with its panoramic views of the city. Both bars offer a range of wines from some of the Cape’s top estates.

For more information on Abdullah Ibrahim’s upcoming events, visit his website : www.abdullahibrahim.co.za

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