King Kong Joburg

King Kong Joburg
12 SEP – 8 OCT 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 PM | R130 – R280
The Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre)
  • Dates

    12 Sep 2017 - 08 Oct 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R280
  • Cast

    • Andile GumbiKing Kong
    • Nondumiso TembeJoyce
    • Sne DladlaPop
    • Sanda ShanduLucky
    • Lerato MvelasePetal
    • Tshamano SebeJack
    • Ntambo RapatlaMiriam
    • Sabelo RadebeCaswell, Slim
    • Joel ZumaHarry, Journalist, Reverend
    • Ben KgosimoreLeadpipe, Ensemble
    • Athenkosi MfamelaMad
    • Shalom ZamisaPolo
    • Sibusiso MxosanaTaki
    • Aphiwe MenziwaSibu
    • Siphiwe NkabindeGreb Mabisa, Sgt. Walter Ngolo, Ensemble
    • Namisa MdlaloseFemale Ensemble
    • Lungelwa MdekaziFemale Ensemble, Miriam’s Ma
    • Dolly LouwFemale Ensemble
    • Barileng MalebyeFemale Ensemble
    • Edith PlaatjiesFemale Ensemble
    • Given MkhizeMale Onstage Swing, Joe Khanyile
    • Rushney FergusonFemale Onstage Swing, Dance Captain
  • 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
Choreography
    • 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

For more information please visit: kingkongstagemusical.com

Over half a century since the original production, the Fugard Theatre’s forthcoming, brand new production of the legendary South African musical - King Kong - is fully cast and rehearsals commence on Monday 12 June.

Eric Abraham produces and presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 25 July to 2 September 2017 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and then at the Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg from 12 September to 8 October 2017.

King Kong – The Musical 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 1959 production of South Africa's first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties. King Kong toured South Africa, and was seen by 200,000 South Africans, playing to record-breaking and multi-racial audiences - as apartheid was being implemented -before transferring in February 1961 to London’s West End for a 200-performance run. King Kong launched the international careers of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela among many others.

“We are thrilled that this long awaited production of this iconic and first South African musical of King Kong, is a Fugard Theatre production which will showcase the very best of South African talent,” says Daniel Galloway the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “The original production united audiences of all colours, launched careers and put South African talent firmly on the international map. We are excited to be re-creating the world of the "Back of the Moon" shebeen with an all South African cast and superb creative team. While remaining true to the original production our Fugard Theatre King Kong will refresh the musical for the 21st Century".

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 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 recipient Gregory Maqoma will choreograph 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 Lucwaba with arrangements and additional music 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.

Cast in the title role of King Kong is South African star - actor, singer and dancer Andile Gumbi. Gumbi made his Broadway debut as Simba in Disney’s The Lion King and has starred in productions of this musical in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai and South Africa. Gumbi, who was voted by The Sowetan as one of Mzansi's Sexiest Top 12 celebs in 2015, is the character Zweli in the Mzansi Magic soap opera isiBaya, which was voted most popular TV soap at the 2017 SAFTA Awards.

Multiple award-winning actress and singer-songwriter Nondumiso Tembe will be recreating the role of Joyce, which propelled Miriam Makeba to international fame in the original production of King Kong. Tembe's extensive list of credits include HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning True Blood, SABC’s Generations, the military drama SIX on the History Channel and Zulu Wedding opposite Darrin Dewitt Henson. She won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Naledi Theatre Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Susan in David Mamet’s RACE, which toured South Africa, and to the Edinburgh Festival. Her debut album Izwi Lami - My Voice received much acclaim including a Metro FM Music Award for Best Music Video.

The Fugard Theatre's King Kong cast includes: Sanda Shandu as Lucky(Orpheus in Africa); Tshamano Sebe as Jack (Athol Fugard's Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek; Master Harold and the Boys; Noem my Skollie); Ntambo Rapatla as Miriam (Menopause the Musical); Sne Dladla as Pop (District Six: Kanala; Orpheus in Africa; Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek); Lerato Mvelase as Petal (Isibaya; Play Me) and Sabelo Radebe as Caswell (West Side Story; Peter Pan) .

Also performing with the ensemble are Joel Zuma (Sophiatown; Kwela Bafana - The Musical); Ben Kgosimore (The Adventures of Oliver Twist; 'I, Oedipus'; Singular Sensation); Athenkozi Mfamela (In The City of Paradise; Bash or Be Bashed); Shalom Zamisa (Voices of Hope; Sarafina); Sibusiso Mxosana (West Side Story; Funny Girl; A Spartacus of Africa); Aphiwe Menziwa (Passage; Inexba Lomphillisi); Namisa Mdlalose (Rent); Siphiwe Nkabinde (Exit/Exist; Music in the Air); Lungelwa Mdekazi (African Angels; Phantom of the Opera); Dolly Louw (Peter Pan; The Boys in the Photograph); Barileng Malibye (Sophiatown; Making Mandela; Dogma; Emotional Creature); Edith Plaatjies (District Six: Kanala; Orpheus in Africa; Blood Brothers); Rushney Ferguson (District Six: Kanala) and Given Mkhize (Sacredspace; In The End is My Beginning).

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

Born in Vryheid in the then Orange Free State, Ezekiel Dlamini himself became and unwitting symbol for freedom and the wasted power of his people under apartheid. After a meteoric boxing rise Dlamini's life degenerated into drunkenness and gang violence. In 1957Dlamini was to be a classic Greek tragic figure when, in a fit of jealousy, he killed his girlfriend and at his trial asked for the death sentence to serve as a warning to others. Instead, the white judge, refusing to take instruction from a black defendant, sentenced Dlamini to twelve years hard labour. Three months later King Kong was found drowned in a dam on a prison farm. At 36 years old King Kong had taken his destiny into his own hands and, inadvertently, become a legend.

The original production featured music by Todd Matshikiza, lyrics and original book by Pat Williams and book by Harry Bloom. Songs such as Back of the Moon, King Kong and Sad Times, Bad Times, have become popular South African favourites and are firmly entrenched in this country’s musical history. Sales of the original recording achieved unprecedented numbers, with reviews such as “This for my money is the record of the year” (Rand Daily Mail) and ‘Five stars!” (Drum). The cast recording was the first release of an all black production in South Africa and unusual in that the libretti was included with the LP, which normally only happens with opera recordings.Arthur Goldreich designed the sets for the original production with original musical direction by Stanley Glasser.

Some of the extensive rave reviews the original production for King Kong in 1959:
"...  a big event in theatrical history." Time Magazine (March 03, 1961)
"...  King Kong triumphs by its bursting, smoking glowing life". Daily Express
" … the greatest thrill in 20 years of South African theatre-going"The Star
“ … Magnificent…spectacular… a resounding success” Rand Daily Mail
“ … the theatrical sensation of the (Union of) South Africa” The New York Times
“ … the audience was mixed…and for a short time at least, they held the laws of apartheid was suspended with their applause” The Central African Examiner
“ … tears of exultation as I feel that a new era in Non-White entertainment has been born with the production of King Kong.. I became breathless with the splendor of the production…´ Golden City Post
“ … there is inspiration here that must mean the beginning of a colourful vigorous theatre in South Africa” Sunday Tribune
“ … excellent… I must applaud Todd Matshikiza” Cape Argus

The UK's Portobello Books publishes King Kong lyricist and original book writer Pat Williams' personal memoir of the original musical – Our Knot of Time and Music – to coincide with the Fugard's production. "An extraordinary memoir of the first ever South African musical, which has since acquired mythical proportions. Essential reading for anyone who loves our country - and, of course, its music” Athol Fugard. The book will be available at the Fugard during the run of the show.

King Kong will run at the Fugard Theatre from 25 July until 2 September 2017 before transferring to the Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg from 12 September until 8 October 2017.

 

★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ 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

King Kong Cape Town

King Kong Cape Town
RETURNS 12 DEC 2017
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
Choreography
    • 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

For more information please visit: kingkongstagemusical.com

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

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

    English
  • 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 21 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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