King Kong Cape Town

King Kong Cape Town
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R280
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    12 Dec 2017 -
  • Time

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

    R130 – R280
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Todd MatshikizaOriginal Music
    • Pat WilliamsLyrics and Original First Draft Book
    • Harry BloomBook
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • William NicholsonRevised Book and Additional Lyrics
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Additional Music and Arrangements
    • Gregory Maqoma
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Tim Mitchell
Lighting Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Musical Director
    • Sipumzo Trueman LucwabaMusical Director
    • Mdu Kweyama
Associate Director
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design
    • Richard LothianFight Choreography
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayProducer
    • Lamees AlbertusAssociate Producer
    • Greg KarvellasAssociate Producer
    • Jack Sidey (London)Associate Producer

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After a sold out 6 weeks season at the Fugard, King Kong returns by overwhelming public demand for the end of year holiday season - book your seats today!

For those Capetonians who missed out or who want to return with friends and family, the good news is that the Fugard Theatre has announced a return run for the holiday season from 12 December and bookings are now open through Webtickets or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

More than half a century since the first performance in 1959, the Fugard Theatre’s production of this iconic and historic musical has receivedfive star reviews and rapturous audience responses. King Kong tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini whose self-appointed ring name was "King Kong" to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza.

“The original production of King Kong united audiences of all races – at the height of apartheid - and was a celebration of South African talent,”says Daniel Galloway the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “We have been delighted to see that audiences from all walks of life and across several generations have enjoyed the 2017 production which is itself a celebration of our outstanding local talent.”

The Fugard Theatre’s King Kong is directed by Jonathan Munby who directed the Fugard Theatre's production of A Human Being Died That Night with Noma Dumezweni (the only double Olivier award-winning Southern African actor) amongst many other international productions. Following King Kong Munby directs Sir Ian McKellen in Shakespeare's King Lear for the Chichester Festival in the UK.

The original production featured music by Todd Matshikiza, lyrics and original book by Pat Williams and book by Harry Bloom. The revised book (with additional lyrics) is by Academy award nominated screenwriter and playwright William Nicholson (Shadowlands, Gladiator, Les Miserables, Sarafina, Long Walk to Freedom). South African choreographer star and recent French Legion D’Honneur recipientGregory Maqomachoreographs King Kong to the irresistible original music of the late great South African composer Todd Matshikiza.

The Fugard Theatre’s production sees Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, Funny Girl, Cabaret) and Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba with additional music and arrangements by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder.

Set design is by Paul Wills (A Human Being Died That Night, Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, West End - Wyndham's Theatre - David Mamet's American Buffalo); Costume design by Birrie le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa, District Six: Kanala); Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell (A Human Being Died That Night; Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear with Antony Sher - Associate artist RSC/Chichester Festival Theatre) and Sound Design by Mark Malherbe (West Side Story, Funny Girl). The associate director is Mdu Kweyama.

Leading the stellar and all South African cast is actor, singer and dancer Andile Gumbi (The Lion King, isiBaya) in the title role of King Kong and multiple award-winning actress and singer-songwriter Nondumiso Tembe (True Blood, David Mamet’s RACE) as shebeen queen Joyce in the role which helped propel Miriam Makeba to international fame in the original production of King Kong. The Fugard Theatre's King Kong cast includes: SneDladla, Sanda Shandu, LeratoMvelase, TshamanoSebe and Ntambo Rapatla.

Also performing with the ensemble are Sabelo Radebe, Joel Zuma, Ben Kgosimore, Athenkozi Mfamela, Shalom Zamisa, Sibusiso Mxosana, Aphiwe Menziwa, Namisa Mdlalose, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Lungelwa Mdekazi, Dolly Louw, Barileng Malebye, Edith Plaatjies, Rushney Ferguson and Given Mkhize.

A live 9-piece band, under the direction of Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba, accompanies the action at every performance.


★★★★★ King Kong enchants - Die Burger
★★★★★ A knockout success - City Press
★★★★ An electric, riveting and astounding reinvention ... This triumphant production enchants and uplifts - Cape Argus
Gregory Maqoma’s choreography is simply magnificent - Daily Maverick
A knockout ... a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy - Whats On In Cape Town
Beautifully staged, impeccably performed piece of work, bubbling with vitality and sparkling with talent - Weekend Special
King Kong is a theatrical treat, and something to treasure and celebrate - Theatre Scene Cape Town

Die reuk van appels

Die reuk van appels
17 OCT – 04 NOV 2017
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R130 – R165
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    17 Oct 2017 - 04 Nov 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R165
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Gideon LombardMarnus Erasmus
  • Creative

    • Lara Bye Director
    • Mark Behr Author
    • Johann Smith Adaptation
    • Kosie SmitLighting Design
    • Gideon LombardSound Design
    • Johan van der MerweProducer – Theatrerocket Productions
    • Rudi SadlerProducer – Theatrerocket Productions

Die reuk van appels is the acclaimed 1993 debut novel of South African author Mark Behr. This seminal work was adapted for the stage and debuted in April 2017 at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, as adapted. Die reuk van appels is the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general. It eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life.
Upon publication and subsequent translation into English (as The Smell of Apples) that same year, this landmark Afrikaans novel catapulted Behr into the ranks of young and talented dissident voices such as Etienne van Heerden and Koos Prinsloo (Tony Eprile, New York Times). Before his untimely death on 27 November 2015, Behr was a professor of creative writing at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Since reading the novel for the first time, Johan van der Merwe of the newly established production company Theatrerocket has hankered to produce Die reuk van appels for the stage. When he teamed up with co- theatre afficionado Rudi Sadler in 2015, it was an obvious choice for their first venture as a production company.
Van der Merwe and Sadler have assembled a stellar team of theatre-makers to realise their dream. Johann Smith, versatile writer for stage and screen from Pretoria, has turned prize-winning novel into a viable theatre script. Gideon Lombard (...miskien, The View, Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, Orpheus in Africa) performs the role of the hapless Marnus under the guidance of award-winning director Lara Bye (Yellowman, London Road, Oscar en die Pienk Tannie, Vaslav), while Kosie Smit is responsible for the lighting design and Lombard, also a talented musician, for sound design. Die reuk van appels is Gideon’s acclaimed debut solo performance and he subsequently received the Best Actor Award at the 2017 Kanna Awards for his performance at KKNK.

Die reuk van appels is presented in Afrikaans with English surtitles. Please note: the show carries an age restriction of 16 and contains scenes with sex, nudity, strong language, violence and prejudice.



Die reuk van appels (1993) is die veelbekroonde debuutroman van die Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer Mark Behr. Hierdie seminale boek is vir die verhoog verwerk en het by die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn gedebuteer in April 2017. Die reuk van appels is ‘n bildungsroman wat die verhaal vertel van Marnus Erasmus, die elfjarige seun van ‘n generaal in die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag. Dit beeld op meesterlike wyse die Afrikanermentaliteit in die laat sewentigerjare en vroeë tagtigerjare uit, asook die brutale gevolge van apartheid en die militansie in Suid-Afrika gedurende hierdie tydperk.
Die roman en Engelse vertaling (The Smell of Apples), ook in 1993, is ‘n grensverskuiwende werk wat Behr in die geledere van jong en talentvolle skrywers soos Etienne van Heerden en Koos Prinsloo opgeneem het (Tony Eprile, New York Times). Met sy voortydige dood op 27 November 2015 was Behr ‘n professor in kreatiewe skryfwerk by die Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Vandat Johan van der Merwe (van die produksiemaatskappy Theatrerocket ) die roman die eerste keer gelees het, was dit sy droom om Die reuk van appels as ‘n verhoogstuk aan te bied. Toe hy met mede-teaterliefhebber Rudi Sadler in 2015 begin saamwerk het, was dit ‘n vanselfprekende keuse vir hulle eerste onderneming as ‘n produksiemaatskappy.
Van der Merwe en Sadler het ‘n gedugte span genader om hulle droom te bewaarheid. Johann Smith, ‘n veelsydige skrywer vir sowel die verhoog as die skerm het hierdie veelbekroonde roman omskep in ‘n toneelmatige verhoogteks. Gideon Lombard (...miskien, The View, Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, Orpheus in Africa) vertolk die rol van die grootoog Marnus onder leiding van die bekroonde regisseur Lara Bye (Yellowman, London Road, Oscar en die Pienk Tannie, Vaslav). Kosie Smit is verantwoordelik vir die beligtingsontwerp en Lombard, self ‘n talentvolle musikant, het die klankontwerp gehartig. Met Die reuk van appels maak Lombard sy hoogaangeskrewe solodebuut. Hy is vir sy rol in dié produksie aangewys as Beste Akteur tydens die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) 2017 se jaarlikse Kanna-toekennings.

Die reuk van appels word in Afrikaans aangebied met Engelse boskrifte. Let wel: die vertoning het 'n ouderdombeperking van 16 en bevat tonele met seks, naaktheid, krutaal, geweld en vooroordeel.

★★★★★ - Rapport
Die stuk het my aangegryp en ek dink nie ek het al ooit so gehuil in ‘n toneelstuk nie. Ek kan dit net met een word beskryf: Mokerslag. - Joke Debaere, Die Burger
Gideon Lombard is net die beste akteur wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gesien het. Die inhoud van die stuk is hartverskeurend. Ek het lanklaas iets so aangrypend gesien. - Jon Daamen, Die Burger
Die reuk van appels in ontroerende teater wat verpletter, en wat die staande applous – ná ‘n oomblik van verbysterende ongeloof en gehoorstomheid – verdien! - Christiaan J de Swardt, Litnet
★★★★★ - Rapport
Die stuk het my aangegryp en ek dink nie ek het al ooit so gehuil in ‘n toneelstuk nie. Ek kan dit net met een word beskryf: Mokerslag. - Joke Debaere, Die Burger
Gideon Lombard is net die beste akteur wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gesien het. Die inhoud van die stuk is hartverskeurend. Ek het lanklaas iets so aangrypend gesien. - Jon Daamen, Die Burger
Die reuk van appels in ontroerende teater wat verpletter, en wat die staande applous – ná ‘n oomblik van verbysterende ongeloof en gehoorstomheid – verdien! - Christiaan J de Swardt, Litnet

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love
FROM 10 OCT 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R320
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R320
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Language

  • Cast

    • Dylan EdyWill Shakespeare
    • Roxane HaywardViola de Lesseps
    • John MaythamFennyman
    • Robyn ScottQueen Elizabeth
    • Jason K. RalphLord Wessex
    • Lamar BonhommeRobin
    • Bianca FlandersMistress Quickly
    • Theo LandeyMarlowe
    • Nicholas PaulingNed Allen
    • Sven RuygrokSam
    • Mark ElderkinBurbage
    • Lucy TopsNurse
    • Nathan LynnJohn Webster
    • Louis ViljoenMr Wabash
    • Darron AraujoHenslowe
    • Adrian CollinsRalph
    • Sizo MahlanguLambert
    • Walter van DykTilney
    • Andrew RouxNol
    • Rachel MertensEnsemble
  • Creative

    • Marc NormanWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Tom StoppardWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Lee HallWriter, Stage adaptation
    • Paddy CunneenMusic
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Wolf BritzLighting Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design
    • Kristin WilsonChoreography
    • Jon KeevyFight Choreographer

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production (and South African premiere) of Shakespeare in Love from 10 October 2017 at the Fugard Theatre. 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.

This South African premiere features 20 actors, and a dog, and is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, CHAMP).

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.

Shakespeare in Love features Dylan Edy (New Boy, Hamlet, Origins) as Will Shakespeare; Roxane Hayward (Blood Drive, Saints and Strangers) as Viola de Lesseps and includes Cape Talk’s John Maytham as Fennyman.

Multiple award-winner Robyn Scott (London Road, Elizabeth - Almost By Chance a Woman) stars as Queen Elizabeth and Jason K. Ralph (The Phantom of the Opera (World Tour), Chicago) as Lord Wessex; Lamar Bonhomme (Cheers to Sarajevo, Tshihumbudzo) as Robin; Bianca Flanders (District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa) as Mistress Quickly; Theo Landey (The Play That Goes Wrong; The History Boys) as Marlowe; 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.

Completing the ensemble are Lucy Tops (Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Show, Bar None) as Nurse; Nathan Lynn (Raiders: The Musical, Pride and Prejudice) as John Webster; Louis Viljoen (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Frontiersmen) as Mr Wabash; Darron Araujo (Champ, The Taming of the Shrew) as Henslowe; Adrian Collins (Bench, King Lear) as Ralph; Sizo Mahlangu (Otello) as Lambert; Walter van Dyk (Arms and the Man [Watford Palace Theatre UK], A Flea in her Ear [Old Vic Theatre] UK) as Tilney; Andrew Roux (Wit, Macbeth) as Nol and Rachel Mertens.

Set Design is by Paul Wills (King Kong, A Human Being Died That Night), Costume Design by Birrie Le Roux (King Kong, Funny Girl, West Side Story) with Lighting Design by Wolf Britz (Die Seemeeu; Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?), Sound Design 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) and Choreography by Kristin Wilson (Salome, Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Shakespeare in Love has a recommended age restriction of 13 years or older.



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