Bad Jews Joburg

Bad Jews Joburg
14 JAN – 14 FEB 2016
TUE – FRI 8:15 PM | SAT 4 & 8:15 PM | R120 – R180
Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Sandton
  • Dates

    14 Jan 2016 - 14 Feb 2016
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8:15 PM | SAT 4 & 8:15 PM
  • Price

    R120 – R180
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lara LipschitzDaphna
    • Glen Biderman-PamLiam
    • Oliver BoothJonah
    • Ashley de LangeMelody
  • Creative

    • Joshua HarmonWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet and Costume Design

Now playing at Sandton's Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg.

After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna and Liam into a domestic battle of honour, faith and heritage. The devoutly Jewish Daphna is at odds with her secular cousin Liam, an entitled young man detached from his cultural traditions. Caught in the middle are Jonah, Liam’s younger brother, and Liam's non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.

The production garnered a five star review from the Jewish Chronicle (UK). “There is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah (Holocaust). Remarkable, because whereas most dramatists would address that territory with sombre respect, Harmon does it with irreverent wit.” John Nathan – The Jewish Chronicle (UK), January 2015.

This Fugard Theatre production features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) as Daphna, a devout Jew, who is unbending and religiously opinionated. Opposite Lara is Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) who plays Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) plays Jonah, Liam’s younger brother and Ashley de Lange (X+Y, Gly) plays Melody, Liam’s  new non-Jewish girlfriend.

Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen) directs, with set and costume designs by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).

Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
Splendid piece of in-your-face Jewish theatre ... acutely crafted, bitingly funny - The South African Jewish Report
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times
Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
Splendid piece of in-your-face Jewish theatre ... acutely crafted, bitingly funny - The South African Jewish Report
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times

Bench

Bench
28-31 AUGUST 2013
8PM | R100-R130
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    8PM
  • Price

    R100-R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Adrian CollinsDwain
    • Brent PalmerHendry
  • Creative

    • Michael KirchDirector
    • Brent PalmerWriter, Producer

Bench, a hilarious comedy-drama, tells the story of two colourful and clumsy thieves, Hendry and Dwain. The odd-couple are sat on a park bench, about to embark on their most daring job to date. This is the operation they believe is going to make them wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. However when one of them gets a crisis of conscience and begins to question the job, the planning soon takes surprising and unexpected turns.

One of the most unique and funny theatre offerings Cape Town audiences will experience this year - Sunday Independent
Funny and surprisingly poignant, FOUR STARS - Cape Argus
One of the most unique and funny theatre offerings Cape Town audiences will experience this year - Sunday Independent
Funny and surprisingly poignant, FOUR STARS - Cape Argus

Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov
12 JUN 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    12 Jun 2016 - 12 Jun 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Language

    Sung in Russian
  • Cast

    • Bryn TerfelBoris Godunov
    • John Graham-HallPrince Shuisky
    • Ain AngerPimen
    • David Butt PhilipGrigory Otrepiev
    • John TomlinsonVarlaam
    • Vlada BorovkoXenia
    • Sarah PringXenia’s Nurse
    • Emily EdmondsFyodor
    • Kostas SmoriginasAndrei Shchelkalov
  • Creative

    • Modest MusorgskyMusic
    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Richard JonesDirector

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Royal Opera House.

Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. The originality of the composer’s vision of Pushkin’s play about Tsar Boris Godunov – who reigned over Russia between 1598 and 1605 – was too much for the management of the Imperial Theatres, who demanded changes that were incorporated in the second version of the opera, in which Boris finally had its premiere in 1874. Many commentators, nevertheless, prefer the integrity of the original, which makes few concessions to operatic conventions. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption of the title role – one of the most complex characters in opera – while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.

Cabaret

Cabaret
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R100 – R280
  • Time

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

    R100 – R280
  • Cast

    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderEmcee
    • Claire TaylorSally Bowles
    • Daniel BuysCliff Bradshaw
    • Michele MaxwellFräulein Schneider
    • Mike HuffHerr Schultz
    • Ludwig BingeErnst Ludwig
    • Shannyn FourieFräulein Kost, Fritzie
    • Adrian GalleyMax, Schultz Cover
    • Delray HalgrynRosie
    • Lara LipschitzLulu, Sally Understudy
    • Jenna Robinson ChildFrenchie, Dance Captain
    • Pulane RampoanaTexas
    • Shelley AdriaanzenHelga, Schneider & Kost Understudy
    • Matthew BerryBobby, Cliff Understudy
    • Sven-Eric MullerVictor, Emcee Understudy
    • Michael WallaceHans, Ludwig Understudy
    • Chloe PerlingKit Kat Girl Onstage Swing
    • Kyle JardineKit Kat Boy Onstage Swing, German Sailor
    • Ché-Jèan JuppChild
    • Joseph van DeventerChild
    • Cameron WallaceChild
    • Danyn WhiteChild
    • Teon WhiteChild
  • Creative

    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Lamees AlbertusAssociate Producer
    • Greg KarvellasAssociate Producer
    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Louisa TalbotChoreographer
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Supervisor
    • Tina DriedijkSet Design
    • Kobus RossouwLighting Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design
    • Penny SimpsonCostume Design
    • Anwar McWhiteVideo, Mapping & Animation
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design
    • Emily AdamsSound Design Assistant
    • Shelley AdriaanzenResident Director
    • Kate BorthwickMusical Director
    • Adrian GalleyDialect Coaching
    • Vicki BawcombeDialect Coaching
    • Regine KristenDialect Coaching
    • Gerhard MorkelSet Construction
    • Carl GersbachSet Construction
    • Nadine MinnaarScenic Painter
    • Ash ZamisaScenic Painter
    • Juanita FerreiraAdditional Props
    • Dewald CoetzeeAdditional Props
    • Koos MaraisAdditional Props
    • Vivian KuiperSpecial Effects
    • Juanita FerreiraWardrobe
    • Fagrie NasiepWardrobe
    • Bayson MoreniWardrobe
    • Charles BeniWardrobe
    • Mariam MoeratWardrobe
    • Widaad AlbertusWardrobe
    • Hilette StapelbergWardrobe
    • The Fox & VixenHair
    • Pink23Hair
    • Roberto GrovéProduction Manager
    • Benjamin du PlessisTechnical Manager
    • Juanita van WykStage Manager
    • Kim GunningStage Manager
    • Chané RinquestAssistant Stage Manager
    • Jennifer WilliamsDresser
    • Eastern AcousticsSound Supplier
    • Aki KhanFor Eastern Acoustics
    • David ClassenFor Eastern Acoustics
    • Werner SassmanSound Operator
    • David ClarkeMic Technician
    • Koos MaraisProduction Assistant
    • Elizabeth RidgwayProduction Assistant
    • Shayna GleaveProduction Assistant
    • Clynt HlubiTechnical Crew
    • Achmat KhroodienTechnical Crew
    • Cuen NicolsonTechnical Crew
    • Jesse Kate KramerPhotography
    • Mark WesselsPhotography
    • Allison Foat for DIVA PRPublicity

Eric Abraham proudly presents a Fugard Theatre production of Kander, Ebb and Masteroff’s scintillating Tony award-winning musical Cabaret.

“There was a Cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world ... and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep ...”

From the creators and producers of the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit musical The Rocky Horror Show comes one of Broadway’s greatest musical productions – Cabaret.

The Fugard Theatre looks forward to welcoming you to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and the raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalise the crowd and to entice them to leave their troubles outside. But as the life of pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through the dangerous times and help them to navigate through the rise of the loathsome ideology of Nazism?

Cabaret, directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Supervision by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot, is John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-Winning Musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

★★★★ - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
An absolute winner for the Fugard - The Weekend Argus
A show that every musical fan should see - Theatre Scene Cape Town
★★★★ - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
An absolute winner for the Fugard - The Weekend Argus
A show that every musical fan should see - Theatre Scene Cape Town

Cape Consort's Dido & Aeneas

Cape Consort's Dido & Aeneas
2 – 5 JUN 2016
4 & 8 PM | R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    02 Jun 2016 - 05 Jun 2016
  • Time

    4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R150
  • Duration

    55 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lente LouwDido
    • Willem BesterAeneas
    • Elsabe RichterBelinda
    • Nick de JagerSorceress
    • Antoinette BlythHandmaiden, Witch
    • Riaan le RouxBass
  • Creative

    • Henry PurcellMusic
    • Nahum TateLibretto
    • Mari BorstlapStage direction and design
    • Hans HuyssenMusical direction

The Cape Consort is proud to announce its first fully-staged opera, a production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1688). The Consort has joined forces with renowned theatre-maker Mari Borstlap for an exciting new rendering of this classical love story under the musical leadership of Hans Huyssen, with the same attention to historically informed musical performance which the Consort has become celebrated for over the past five years.

In this creative staging by Borstlap the story of a Carthaginian queen and her Trojan hero, an ancestor of Rome's founders, is transplanted to the present day. Dido is a mentally unstable young woman confined to the Carthage Asylum after the loss of her lover Aeneas, who has departed for Rome in pursuit of his career. Under the watchful eye of Belinda, matron of the asylum, Dido suffers terrible flashbacks of her lost love and horrible visions of the fateful forces that have overwhelmed her life. Distraught, Dido is pushed to the precipice, and her emotional turmoil culminates in the famous "Dido's Lament".

Dido and Aeneas is the Cape Consort's fifth appearance at the Fugard Studio. Previous productions – the four-part Monteverdi Project, which included a semi-staged version of John Blow's opera Venus and Adonis – were met by critical acclaim and performed to sold-out houses.

Music by Henry Purcell and libretto (in English) by Nahum Tate.
Stage direction and design by Mari Borstlap, and musical direction by Hans Huyssen.
With Lente Louw (Dido), Willem Bester (Aeneas), Elsabe Richter (Belinda), Nick de Jager (Sorceress), Antoinette Blyth (Handmaiden, Witch), and Riaan le Roux (bass).

Cape Town Folk and Accoustic Music Festival

Cape Town Folk and Accoustic Music Festival
10 Aug 2012 - 11 Aug 2012
R160
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Aug 2012 - 11 Aug 2012
  • Price

    R160

Come join us in this intimate space and experience the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of ten of South Africa`s best singer /songwriters and musicians. The line-up includes Shawn Phillips [USA] with Andre De Villiers, Tina Schouw, Derek Gripper, Larry Joe, Joshua Grierson, Dave Knowles, Simon Van Gend and Emma Du Preez.

Bookings are now open through Computicket or via the Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard benefit from the usual generous discounts on offer. If you are not yet signed up as a Friend of the Fugard you may do so by calling the Fugard Theatre box office.

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015
24 SEP - 04 OCT 2015
Fugard Studio, City Hall and CBD
  • Dates

    24 Sep 2015 - 09 Oct 2015

For booking and a full list of this year's productions please visit www.capetownfringe.co.za


With a bold and sassy programme of more than 70 productions, this year’s Cape Town Fringe – which runs in the city from 24 September to 4 October – promises to be a showcase of the best of South African theatre.

Audiences can look forward to an invigorating mix of new and original work spanning every genre, the organisers say. It is the second time this annual event will be held in the City.

Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed said the Cape Town Fringe was evolving its own artistic fingerprint – that of an engaged, original, and socially aware programme.

“It demonstrates how independent artists and arts companies are passionately engaging with the world around them and bringing that experience to their work,” Mahomed said, adding that more productions are likely be added in the coming weeks as contractual and other discussions are concluded..

While the programme comprises mostly theatre, dance, performance art, physical theatre, music, family theatre and magic will round off the 11-day Festival.

“The programme includes work that has left audiences stunned at other festivals and theatres, as well as fresh work from established companies and a selection of new voices. We believe it is an invigorating mix that will blow audiences away,” Mahomed said.

This year's line-up aims to offer a wide choice, ensuring that the Fringe matches the vibrancy and creativity of other Fringe Festivals worldwide.

"Audiences will be able to craft an amazing experience, drawing from productions that won the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award at the recent National Arts Festival, through to original work that is devised and created specifically to premiere at this year’s Fringe,” he added.

A broad selection panel reviewed the proposals submitted for the Fringe this year. Led by Mahomed, it comprised Jaqueline Dommisse, Yazeed Kamaldien, Warona Seane, Sifiso Kweyama, Adrienne Sichel and Lynette Marais.

Produced by the experienced team at the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe will make use of venues in the City Centre, at the V&A Waterfront (for the first time in 2015) and Langa.

Notes V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, ‘’As one of Cape Town’s most iconic public spaces, the V&A Waterfront has long been not only an attraction for all citizens of Cape Town, but a neighbourhood. The Fringe Festival is an extension of this inclusiveness, and we welcome the opportunity to be part of a vibrant cultural showcase. Through the Festival, locals can celebrate all that is unique about our eclectic multi-cultural city.’’

“The programme has a strong Cape flavor with locally based artists making up approximately 60% of the programme,” Fringe CEO Tony Lankester said.

More than 18 000 tickets were sold last year, and the event was estimated to have an economic impact of over R4-million, over and above its R2.7-million direct spend, Lankester said.

Local partnerships are crucial to staging the event, Mahomed said, highlighting relationships with initiatives such as the Zabalaza Festival, PANSA and ASSITEJ, all of which have made the programme “richer and more relevant”.

“The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of a number of large events and the Fringe is one of these that attracts local and international participants and supporters. The economic spin offs of events hold enormous benefits for the city and its residents. The Fringe has helped Cape Town earn the enviable reputation of an events destination of choice. Moreover this event is part of the City’s commitments to ensure events for low seasons to address the challenges of seasonality on visitor numbers”. Said Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development


New Elements Introduced to Cape Town Fringe

Lankester said last year’s event had given the organisers a solid base from which to innovate: “We want to grow the event even more and we will be introducing some innovations developed as a result of open engagement with Cape artists and institutions earlier this year.”

Some of this year’s innovations include:

    •    Patrons who book via the Cape Town Fringe website will be able to make use of the print-at-home-ticket function, reducing queuing time for patrons.
    •    An enhanced and more user-friendly Cape Town Fringe mobile booking and planning app.
    •    A stronger programme of events for schools and learner groups during the daytime.
    •    Greater cognizance given to religious and other holidays in the planning process.
    •    Expanding to venues beyond the City Hall precinct.
    •    Partnering with Cape Town Tourism and a specialist travel agent to put packages together for visitors from other cities wanting to attend the Fringe.
    •    More specials for workers in the City to attend shows during their lunch breaks. “Give us your lunch hour, we’ll give you a show and a sandwich,” say organisers.
    •    A busier and more vibrant Fringe Club in the City Hall, where patrons will be able to meet for coffee, a glass of wine and a light meal.

Joining the City as a full sponsor of the event this year is Standard Bank, who will play host to the Standard Bank music stage in the City Hall.

“The venue will feature some amazing entertainment,” Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Brand and Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank said. “We are proud to continue our support for the arts in South Africa through the Cape Town Fringe Festival. For Standard Bank this is a natural fit and extension of our National Arts Festival sponsorship and we look forward to seeing the best new original work across all genres in Cape Town.”

Booking opens for the Fringe at the end of August at www.capetownfringe.co.za

About the Cape Town Fringe

The Cape Town Fringe is project-managed by the National Arts Festival. The City of Cape Town is the Host Sponsor, while Standard Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the event.

Carmen (captured at Teatro alla Scala)

Carmen (captured at Teatro alla Scala)
17 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
4 PM
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
  • Time

    4 PM

Young Georges Bizet died soon after the premiere of Carmen, and thus never enjoyed the success of his creation. Carmen wasn’t initially well received, but became, and still is, one of the most famous and popular works in the opera repertoire. The stark realism (interjected with comedy) was initially considered ―too much‖ for the opera going public; it is now considered a stroke of Bizet’s genius. During an unusually long rehearsal period, the orchestra complained that the music was too difficult, and the chorus complained that it was too challenging to act like a group of individuals, rather than a homogeneous block responding as a unit. Fortunately, Bizet had allies in the production, and his vision for the opera was realized. Composers ranging from Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky to Verdi and Wagner all expressed admiration for the work. More so than any ―celebrity endorsement,‖ it is the brilliant music that maintains Carmen’s legacy: even complete opera novices will recognize the famous tunes that make up the bulk of this opera.

For this production, La Scala has hand-picked some of the hottest new talent in the opera world, including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, Italian soprano Adriana Damato, and up-and-coming Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who won the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition last year.
 
CARMEN is the story of fatal attraction between Carmen, the hot-blooded gypsy, and Don José, the upstanding corporal in the Spanish army who’s already engaged to another woman. Don José begins to fall for Carmen as she sings the famous song of seduction, the Habañera. When he helps her avoid arrest, he is thrown in prison. Upon his release, he seeks her out; as a result, his life continues to unravel. Upon hearing his mother is dying, he heads home, vowing to Carmen that they will be together again soon. When he returns, he discovers Carmen in a rapturous affair with Escamillo, a dashing toreador. Don José, now bitter and angry, stabs her to death just as Escamillo wins the fight in the bullring. As the spectators leave the arena, Don José throws himself on her dead body and confesses his guilt.

Carmen (captured at the Royal Opera House)

Carmen (captured at the Royal Opera House)
13 Jan 2013
2 & 6PM | R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Jan 2013 -
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cast

    • Anna Caterina AntonacciCarmen
    • Jonas KaufmannDon José
    • Norah AmsellemMicaëla
    • Illdebrando D'ArcangeloEscamillo
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Francesca ZambelloStage Director
    • Tanya McCallinDesigns
    • Arthur PitaChoreography
    • Paule ConstableLighting design
    • Mike LoadesFight director

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare and erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don José, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate and sumptuously exotic reading of one of the world’s favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet’s irresistible score drives the tragedy forward, in this powerful landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

For the full World Opera and Ballet 2012/2013 Season schedule click here.

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
17 APR 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Apr 2016 - 17 Apr 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Eva-Maria WestbroekSantuzza
    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoTuriddu
    • Elena ZilioMamma Lucia
    • Dimitri PlataniasAlfio
    • Martina BelliLola
    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoCanio
    • Dimitri PlataniasTonio
    • Carmen GiannattasioNedda
    • Benjamin HulettBeppe
    • Dionysios SourbisSilvio
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Damiano MichielettoDirector

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Royal Opera House.

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Champ

Champ
05 APRIL – 04 MAY 2013
TUES - THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM | R110 - R140
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    05 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013
  • Time

    TUES - THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM
  • Price

    R110 - R140
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Oliver BoothStanley
    • Mark ElderkinMelvin
    • Nicholas PaulingElliot
    • Pierre MalherbeWaldo
    • Jenny SteadThe Manager
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Johann KupferburgerProduction Manager
    • Ben du PlessisStage Manager
    • Jesse KramerPhotography

Champ, written by the talented playwright Louis Viljoen, has recently been awarded the 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best New South African Script. The play was nominated in two additional categories - the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors (Greg Karvellas), and Best Supporting Actor (Adam Neill).

Presented by Artscape and the Fugard Theatre, and directed by Greg Karvellas, Louis Viljoen’s wicked new play Champ will be re-staged – after an initial successful season at Artscape in 2012 – at the Fugard Studio Theatre in April 2013.

Three actors, scraping the bottom of the barrel while working as children's entertainers in a mall, find themselves struggling to hold on to their jobs and what little dignity they have left when they encounter a vicious child hell-bent on making their day worse than it already is. Through a combination of exhaustion, wounded pride, middle-class disaffection and a little too much alcohol early in the day, they enter into a battle with the mischievous and dastardly little boy and set in motion a series of events that will not necessarily change their lives, but perhaps make the day a little more interesting.

Champ stars Mark Elderkin (Skeem), Nick Pauling (Waiting for the Barbarians), Pierre Malherbe (Not Another Friggin' Tribute Show) and Jenny Stead (Cardenio) and introduces Oliver Booth, a recent UCT Graduate.

Champ is a dark comedy about haves, have-nots, want-nots, up-starts, young bucks, old farts, little men, big boys and the inevitable slide into booze-fueled depression.

Tickets, ranging from R100 to R140, are available through computicket.com or at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard benefit from the usual, excellent discounts.

Due to explicit and graphic language Champ carries a strict no under 18 age restriction.

Champ is a project of the Artscape New Writing Program.

… So, if you go down to the woods today... You're in for a big surprise.

...theatre on top of its game... - Sunday Times
**** Unbearably funny ... - Cape Argus
... best comedy to grace Cape Town stages recently ... - Cape Times
... devilish and infectious ... - Bizcommunity
... fast paced and extremely funny... - Monday Missile
... deliciously wicked and hilariously insane ... - Bizcommunity
... thoroughly enjoyable ... - Whats on in Cape Town
... hilarious chaos ... - Bizcommunity
...theatre on top of its game... - Sunday Times
**** Unbearably funny ... - Cape Argus
... best comedy to grace Cape Town stages recently ... - Cape Times
... devilish and infectious ... - Bizcommunity
... fast paced and extremely funny... - Monday Missile
... deliciously wicked and hilariously insane ... - Bizcommunity
... thoroughly enjoyable ... - Whats on in Cape Town
... hilarious chaos ... - Bizcommunity

Citizen Four

Citizen Four
8 OCT 2015
6 PM | R60
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    08 Oct 2015 - 08 Oct 2015
  • Time

    6 PM
  • Price

    R60
  • Duration

    1 hour 54 minutes

Screened as part of the Tri Continental Film Festival 2015.

The documentary CitizenFour is a rare glimpse into the history of the US surveillance state being "unmade" by Edward Snowden and three journalists who he agreed to meet in a hotel room in Hong Kong. Over eight days, Snowden talked the journalists through an uncounted number of leaked documents that exposed illegal mass surveillance schemes designed by the US National Security Agency and many of its allies across the world, which allowed them to snoop on almost every digital communication available. Within days the first stories appeared, setting off a chain reaction that would shake the US surveillance state to its very foundations.

It is story of how courageous acts of whistleblowing and an informed public can push back against injustice and abuse of power.

CitizenFour has a special relevance to South African audiences, given growing concerns of a local `rise of the securocrats`, and abuse of surveillance practices. Earlier this year, the Right2Know Campaign published a report on the surveillance of local activists and unionists. Several prominent investigative journalists have also found out their communications were being tapped by shadowy intelligence structures.

These events are unfolding at a time when the political space in South Africa is increasingly contested, and engaged citizens are realizing more than ever the importance of the right to privacy as a political freedom. "Unlike a police truncheon or rubber bullet, surveillance leaves no bruises or broken bones, but it can be just as destructive."

Claudia Mohr Live

Claudia Mohr Live
18 Nov 2011 - 19 Nov 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    18 Nov 2011 - 19 Nov 2011
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Charles Knighton-PullinLead guitar
    • Nick CattoBass
    • Kyle GrayDrums

Claudia Mohr is a performing artist in the true sense of the word. Her debut album, entitled ‘Go It Alone’, encompasses a range of musical influences which include funk, rock, blues and even references to local Afro-pop idioms unique to South Africa, while displaying a keen sense of individuality and a vocal quality that it ever rich and inviting.

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park
FROM 16 AUG 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R120 – R240
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    16 Aug 2016 -
  • Time

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

    R120 – R240
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes, including 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Andrew BucklandRuss, Dan
    • Susan DanfordBev, Kathy
    • Lesoko SeabeFrancine, Lena
    • Scott SparrowJim, Tom, Kenneth
    • Nicholas PaulingKarl, Steve
    • Pope JerrodAlbert, Kevin
    • Claire-Louise WorbyBetsy, Lindsey
  • Creative

    • Bruce NorrisWriter
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregor Lighting Design
    • Wynne BredenkampDirector's Assistant

The smash hit Broadway and West end comedy.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (2012), Olivier Award for Best New Play (2011) and Pulitzer Drama Prize (2011) Bruce Norris’ acclaimed black (and white) comedy Clybourne Park is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre this year. The production will be directed by Greg Karvellas (Bad Jews). Set design is by Saul Radomsky (Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa) and Costume design is by Birrie Le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa).
 
Eric Abraham - a producer of the play on the West End - presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 16 August until 1 October 2016.
 
Scathingly funny and uncomfortably honest, Bruce Norris’ hilarious script explores the fault line between race and property.
 
It’s 1959 and Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom Chicago Bungalow in Clybourne Park which enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white suburbanites of Clybourne Park.
 
Fast forward to 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, Lindsey and Steve, whose plan to raze and redevelop the house stirs similar echoes of unhappiness in the now all black community.
 
The all South African cast includes Andrew Buckland (Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof);  Susan Danford (Broken Glass, Missing…); Lesoko Seabe (Siembamba); Scott Sparrow (Strangers On A Train);  Nicholas Pauling (The Pervert Laura, A Steady Rain), Pope Jerrod (Othello) and Claire-Louise Worby (Court).
 
The play has received universal praise, including “Outrageously funny and provocative. A firecracker of a play… five stars”  (Daily Telegraph, UK); “Deliciously offensive” (The Guardian, UK); “Superb, elegantly written and hilarious. A master class in comic writing and playing…” (The New Yorker); “Critic's Pick: A spiky and damningly insightful new comedy." (The New York Times); “Genius.” (The Times, UK) and, “Norris’s play nails the thorny subject of race relations with a bilious zest that takes one’s breath away.” (The Guardian, UK).
 
Clybourne Park is an inspired response to Lorraine Hansberry’s renowned play, A Raisin in the Sun, with that play’s protagonists, The Youngers, as the young black family moving to Clybourne Park.
 
Clybourne Park is a milestone play that examines our sense of otherness and issues such as the language we use with each other, gentrification, heritage and community, in an unapologetically searing but bitingly witty manner,” says Eric Abraham, (Founding Producer and Owner of the Fugard Theatre). “These are conversations that are pertinent to South Africans, and we are thrilled to be presenting the South African premiere of this Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier Award-winning play at The Fugard Theatre.”

Please note: Strong Language, recommend 14 years and older.

★★★★★ Hilarious ... splendid stuff - Cape Argus
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Highly recommended - The Cape Times
Brilliant cast ... thoroughly enjoyable - Daily Maverick
Sheer theatre brilliance - Theatre Scene Cape Town
First rate comedy - Artslink
★★★★★ The funniest play of the year - Evening Standard
★★★★★ A cracking satire - Daily Mail
★★★★★ Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Appallingly funny - Time Out
★★★★★ Genius, a riot - The Times
★★★★★ Hilarious ... splendid stuff - Cape Argus
★★★★★ - Die Burger
Highly recommended - The Cape Times
Brilliant cast ... thoroughly enjoyable - Daily Maverick
Sheer theatre brilliance - Theatre Scene Cape Town
First rate comedy - Artslink
★★★★★ The funniest play of the year - Evening Standard
★★★★★ A cracking satire - Daily Mail
★★★★★ Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Appallingly funny - Time Out
★★★★★ Genius, a riot - The Times

Coppélia

Coppélia
The Fugard Theatre
  • Duration

    158 minutes

Serge Diaghilev famously described Coppélia as “the most adorable ballet in the world, a unique pearl in the history of dancing.” Unlike most classical ballets, Coppélia is a comedy. It was designed to be charming, tender and sweet at a time when political tensions were high and signs of impending revolution filled the streets of Paris. Composer Leo Delibes, always in line with the pulse of the times, eschewed theatrical trends of irony and mockery and instead gave Parisians a ninety minute escape into a zone of total cultural peace and social stability. Coppélia was the first ballet to incorporate folk dances into the choreography and while in 1870 this might have implied a sense of futility and doom, what endures in today’s production is its carefree quality of lightness and romance.

Although Arthur Saint-Léon notated his original version of Coppélia in 1870, contemporary productions are based on Marius Petipa’s 1884 re-staging, which included many changes and additions. The result of this is a ballet that merges the complementary strengths of both choreographers. Saint-Léon was brilliant when it came to solo variations and small ensembles, in which he demonstrated both French elegance and the French sense of measure. Petipa, on the other hand, embodied the grand style of St. Petersburg - perfect form and full-blown corps de ballet compositions. Even more importantly for Coppélia, Saint-Léon was prone to theatrical playfulness while the usually cautious Petipa always strove for pure form and strict lines. The inherent tension in these two choreographers’ styles distinguishes Coppélia within the Classical canon as a ballet that is as charmingly playful as it is choreographically well conceived.

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