Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot
29 Jul 2010 - 14 Aug 2010
  • Dates

    29 Jul 2010 - 14 Aug 2010
One of the most exciting international productions hit Cape Town at the Fugard Theatre for 2 weeks only.

Directed by Sean Mathias and starring Sir Ian McKellen, Roger Rees, Matthew Kelly and Brendan O’Hea, this phenomenally successful production ended two years of touring the world, including two sell-out West End season, at the Fugard Theatre.

WAITING FOR GODOT in KHAYELITSHA

On Monday 2 August, Waiting for Godot had a one-off performance in Khayelitsha at O.R. Tambo Sports Centre. Over 700 people attended and with tickets available on a pay-what-you-can basis, tickets were bought for everything from 10c to R1,000.

Broken Glass

Broken Glass
22 Mar 2011 - 16 Apr 2011
8PM
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    22 Mar 2011 - 16 Apr 2011
  • Time

    8PM

The Fugard Theatre and producer Eric Abraham welcomed Sir Antony Sher to the Fugard stage. He starred in Arthur Miller’s internationally acclaimed and hauntingly moving Broken Glass, directed by Janice Honeyman, from 22 March to 16 April 2011.

He was joined by a star-studded South African cast, with Susan Danford cast in the role of Sylvia Gellburg, the traumatised wife of Phillip Gellburg (Sher). The cast also includes Stephen Jennings, Claire Berlein, Anthea Thompson and Patrick Lyster.

Engrossing & deeply moving, resonates through time and geography - Sunday Times
Danford is an incandescent mix of delicate vulnerability and commanding personality” - Mail & Guardian
Sher steals the show! A must see - Cape Times
**** Sher Shines! - Cape Argus
***** Briljante, meesleurend teater! - Die Burger
Sher and Danford triumph! - Next 48 hours

A Number

A Number
04 Oct 2011 - 29 Oct 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    04 Oct 2011 - 29 Oct 2011
  • Duration

    50 minutes

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre presented the London production of Caryl Churchill’s moving father and son drama - A Number - at the new Fugard Theatre Studio from 4 – 29 October 2011. In its South African premiere of the play this production starred Britain’s much loved father and son actors Timothy and Samuel West and was directed by highly regarded British Director Jonathan Munby, with designs by Paul Wills and lighting by Hartley T A Kemp.

"Father and son put on the mother of all performances. Intriguing script, direction of pin-point precision, and an acting masterclass make for a great evening at the Fugard.” - John Maytham, Cape Talk
"...a marvel to see..." - Dirk Binneman, Fine Music Radio
"... theatre that exhilirates and provokes" - Marianne Tham, Sunday Times
“a riveting drama; a sterling production; a gift – unmissable – you can count on A Number” - Brent Meersman, Mail & Guardian
“First class theatre... sheer brilliance... outstanding... provocative and stimulating.. most engaging and entertaining...” - Tyrone August, Cape Times
"powerful performances... The crackling energy and chemistry between (Tim and Samuel West) offer dynamic drama." - Daniel Dercksen, The Writing Studio
"(die) boonste lagie room van produksies van die West End... die stuk (sal) nog lank in jou gedagtes draai." - **** - Marina Nel, Die Burger
"...real-life father and son team brings the intimacy of (the fictional) relationship into sharp relief" - Theresa Smith, Cape Argus Tonight
"A Number makes for fascinating theatre ... engages the mind leaving much to think about long after leaving the theatre" - Sheila Chisholm, FMR
"A Number reaches fearlessly into the heart-churning depths of the emotional spectrum: it is this personal touch that makes the play electric... powerful, wholesome and inspiring piece of theatre." - Mustapha Hendricks, Whats on in Cape Town
"...brilliantly acted by the exceptional British duo." - Matthew Blackman - mahala.co.za
***** ‘Theatre at its powerful best’ - The Sunday Times
***** ‘A sensational play in every sense’ - Sunday Express
**** ‘The West dynasty thrives” - The Times
**** ‘Superb acting from the Wests’ - Evening Standard
**** ‘Jonathan Munby’s riveting revival’ - Mail on Sunday

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Season

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Season
20 Jun 2011 - 16 Jul 2011
R40 per night
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    20 Jun 2011 - 16 Jul 2011
  • Price

    R40 per night

The new Fugard Theatre Bioscope hosted a month-long Winter Classic Film Festival from 20 June to 16 July 2011. This followed a week of classic films based on the plays of Athol Fugard, from 7 – 11 June, in honour of his Tony Lifetime Achievement Award which he received in New York on 12 June 2011. The Winter Classic Film Festival was proudly presented in association with Thelema Mountain Vineyards.

The four week Fugard Theatre Bioscope Winter Classic Film Festival had four different themes. The film screenings started at 20h00 every night. Hot soup, fresh garlic bread, delicious Thelema Wines was on on offer and a warm atmosphere received patrons at the Fugard Theatre from 19h00 each night. The theatre had recently been fitted with new cinema-style seats, high definition cinema quality projection and surround sound systems which made the Winter Classic Film Festival a unique cinematic experience inside one of the most beautiful theatres in the country. The Classic Film Festival was programmed by Fugard Theatre founding producer Eric Abraham who also produced the Academy Award-winning film KOLYA.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
29 APR 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    29 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Sienna MillerMaggie
    • Jack O'ConnellBrick
    • Colm MeaneyBig Daddy
    • Hayley SquiresMae
    • Lisa PalfreyBig Mama
    • Brian GleesonGooper
    • Michael J. ShannonReverand Tooker
    • Richard HansellDoctor Baugh
  • Creative

    • Tennessee WilliamsWriter
    • Benedict AndrewsDirector
    • Magda WilliDesign
    • Alice BanidgeCostumes
    • Jon ClarkLighting Design

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season. From the National Theatre.

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

A Contemporary Evening

A Contemporary Evening
7 MAY 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    07 May 2017 - 07 May 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Bolshoi Principals
    • Bolshoi Soloists & Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Igor StravinskyMusic
    • Carl CzernyMusic
    • Leonid DesyatnikovMusic
    • Jerome RobbinsChoreography
    • Harald LanderChoreography
    • Alexei RatmanskyChoreography

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Bolshoi Ballet.

For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in The Cage by Jerome Robbins, Harald Lander's Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.

This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Robbins’s energy, Lander’s virtuosity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.

 

A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time
21 MAY 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    21 May 2017 - 21 May 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 45 minutes
  • Cast

    • The Bolshoi Principals
    • The Bolshoi Soloists and Corps de Ballet
  • Creative

    • Ilya DemutskyMusic
    • Youri PossokhovChoreography
    • Kirill SerebrennikovLibretto

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Bolshoi Ballet.

Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him...

“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than- life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey.

A Human Being Died That Night

A Human Being Died That Night
22 MAY - 21 JUN AT THE HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, LONDON
  • Dates

    22 May 2014 - 21 Jun 2014
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Noma DumezweniPumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    • Matthew MarshEugene de Kock
  • Creative

    • Nicholas WrightPlaywright
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Paul WillsDesigner
    • Tim MitchellOriginal Lighting Designer
    • Daniel GallowayLighting Designer
    • Christopher ShuttOriginal Sound Designer
    • Greg Karvellas Associate Director
    • Jackie OrtonCostume Supervisor
    • Jan Haydn-RowlesDialect Coach

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present A Human Being Died That Night, a play by Nicholas Wright.

Following the South African and World Premiere season at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town, which ran from 20 February – 15 March 2014, The Fugard Theatre production of A Human Being Died That Night transfers to London, for a formal season back at the Hampstead Theatre from 22 May – 21 June 2014. 

The play was first produced by Eric Abraham at The Hampstead Downstairs, London in May of 2013 and ran for a sold out 5 week season.  It was an “underground” workshop run without press or critics. Social media comments from those who saw it were sensational and overwhelming. A Human Being Died That Night will be directed by Jonathan Munby (UK) and co-directed by Greg Karvellas (SA).

1997. Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin, Eugene de Kock nicknamed “Prime Evil”– the head of the apartheid regime’s death squads. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madizikela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. She is determined to try to understand what motivated de Kock’s actions. One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt’s endeavor to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichman’s trial in Israel in 1962.

How did de Kock become one of the most reviled figures in apartheid and indeed world history? Is Pumla able to overcome her disgust and hate for this monster and find the human within? And will de Kock be prepared to open up and tell an educated black woman the truth?  Or is he seeing her as someone who can help his campaign for a presidential pardon?

A Human Being Died That Night is based on Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela ‘s Alan Paton award-winning best-selling book of the same name and explores, through her extraordinary prison interviews with de Kock, how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer. She questions his continued imprisonment. South African born Nicholas Wright is one of Britain’s foremost playwrights who has regularly written for the National Theatre. His plays include Vincent in Brixton (Laurence Olivier Award for Best new Play 2003), The Reporter (2007), The Last Duchess (The Hampstead Theatre 2011) and Travelling Light (2012).

Noma Dumezweni is a highly regarded Swazi born British stage, film and tv actress who won the Laurence Olivier Award for her supporting role in Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun (Young Vic and Lyric Theatre). Matthew Marsh is one of Britain’s foremost actors with credits that range from The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep to the hit BBC TV series Spooks.

Director Jonathan Munby‘s last production at the Fugard Theatre was Caryl Churchill’s A Number with father and son British theatre stars Tim and Sam West. Additional theatre credits include Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homberg (Donmar Warehouse), Pedro de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer's Nights Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company (at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and the five star reviewed Wendy and Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company). The creative team on A Human Being Died That Night is Paul Wills (UK, SA) on design; lighting by Daniel Galloway (SA) and Tim Mitchell (UK), and sound design by James Webb (SA) and Christopher Shutt (UK).

Bookings are now open for the season at the Hampstead Downstairs.

★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink
★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink

A Human Being Died That Night (New York)

A Human Being Died That Night (New York)
29 MAY – 21 JUN AT BAM, NEW YORK
TUE – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 2 & 7:30 PM | SUN 3 PM
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York
  • Dates

    29 May 2015 - 21 Jun 2015
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 7:30 PM | SAT 2 & 7:30 PM | SUN 3 PM
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Noma DumezweniPumla Gobodo-Madikizela
    • Matthew MarshEugene de Kock
  • Creative

    • Nicholas WrightPlaywright
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Paul WillsDesigner
    • Tim MitchellLighting Designer
    • Christopher ShuttSound Designer
    • Greg Karvellas Associate Director
    • Jackie OrtonCostume Supervisor
    • Jan Haydn-RowlesDialect Coach

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present A Human Being Died That Night, a play by Nicholas Wright.

Following two acclaimed seasons in Cape Town and London, this Fugard Theatre production transfers to New York, for a season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from 29 May – 21 June 2015. 

A Human Being Died That Night was first produced by Eric Abraham at The Hampstead Downstairs, London in May of 2013 and ran for a sold out 5 week season.

1997. Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin, Eugene de Kock nicknamed “Prime Evil”– the head of the apartheid regime’s death squads. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madizikela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. She is determined to try to understand what motivated de Kock’s actions. One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt’s endeavor to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichman’s trial in Israel in 1962.

How did de Kock become one of the most reviled figures in apartheid and indeed world history? Is Pumla able to overcome her disgust and hate for this monster and find the human within? And will de Kock be prepared to open up and tell an educated black woman the truth?  Or is he seeing her as someone who can help his campaign for a presidential pardon?

A Human Being Died That Night is based on Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madizikela ‘s Alan Paton award-winning best-selling book of the same name and explores, through her extraordinary prison interviews with de Kock, how a fundamentally moral person could become a mass murderer. She questions his continued imprisonment. South African born Nicholas Wright is one of Britain’s foremost playwrights who has regularly written for the National Theatre. His plays include Vincent in Brixton (Laurence Olivier Award for Best new Play 2003), The Reporter (2007), The Last Duchess (The Hampstead Theatre 2011) and Travelling Light (2012).

Noma Dumezweni is a highly regarded Swazi born British stage, film and tv actress who won the Laurence Olivier Award for her supporting role in Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun (Young Vic and Lyric Theatre). Matthew Marsh is one of Britain’s foremost actors with credits that range from The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep to the hit BBC TV series Spooks.

Director Jonathan Munby‘s theatre credits include Heinrich von Kleist’s The Prince of Homberg (Donmar Warehouse), Pedro de la Barca’s Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer's Nights Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company (at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and the five star reviewed Wendy and Peter Pan (Royal Shakespeare Company). Design on the production is by Paul Wills, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound design by Christopher Shutt.

Bookings are now open for the season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

... quietly gripping and superbly acted drama. Ms. Dumezweni and Mr. Marsh’s impeccable performances, under the direction of Jonathan Munby, ground the play in a vivid reality ... - The New York Times
... Marsh’s brilliant portrayal of de Kock ... the riveting Noma Dumezweni ... - New York Magazine
★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink
... quietly gripping and superbly acted drama. Ms. Dumezweni and Mr. Marsh’s impeccable performances, under the direction of Jonathan Munby, ground the play in a vivid reality ... - The New York Times
... Marsh’s brilliant portrayal of de Kock ... the riveting Noma Dumezweni ... - New York Magazine
★★★★★ Unmissable. Marsh is magnificent - Independent (UK)
★★★★ Intimate and intense experience. - Evening Standard (UK)
★★★★ Remarkable. Intense. Thrilling and cut with humour. Marsh is phenomenal. Brilliant Dumezweni. - The Times (UK)
A suspenseful, profound production that hits you hard in all the right places. You need to see it. - Cape Times
★★★★ ... tightly scripted, intense, well-crafted ... - Cape Argus
If there is one play you see this year – or even if this is the first in ages – make the effort to see A Human Being Died That Night - The Sunday Independent
A rare, perfect theatrical experience. - Broadwayworld.com
… a superb piece of theatre … - Artslink

A Small Family Business

A Small Family Business
28 SEP 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    28 Sep 2014 - 28 Sep 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Nigel LindsayJack McCracken
    • Debrah GillettPoppy McCracken
    • Gawn GraingerKen Ayres
    • Abby CassidyTina Ruston
    • Alice SykesSamantha McCracken
    • Samuel TaylorRoy Ruston
    • Stephen BeckettCliff McCracken
    • Niky WardleyAnita McCracken
    • Neal BarryDesmond Ayres
    • Amy MarstonHarriet Ayres
    • Amanda HadingueYvonne Doggett
    • Matthew CottleBenedict Hough
    • Gerard MonacoUberto Rivetti
    • Gordon A. CreamGiorgio Rivetti
    • Don GroamacerOrlando Rivetti
    • Reg MacardoonVincenzo Rivetti
    • Marc GerodanoLotario Rivetti
  • Creative

    • Alan AyckbournWriter
    • Adam PenformDirector
    • Tim HatleyDesigner
    • Paul AndersonLighting Designer
    • Grant OldingMusic
    • Alison de BurghFight Director
    • Gareth FrySound Designer

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

A Steady Rain

A Steady Rain
5 – 22 OCT 2016
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R130 – R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    05 Oct 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R150
  • Cast

    • Nicholas PaulingJoey
    • Brent PalmerDenny
  • Creative

    • Adrian CollinsDirector

The acclaimed production of Keith Huff’s award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain transfers to the Fugard Studio Theatre, following a sold out season at the Alexander Bar.

Brent Palmer (The Kingmakers; Bench) and Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park; The Pervert Laura) star in this gritty, rich and entirely gripping noir tale of two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart.

The play is directed by Adrian Collins (Hamlet; Bench; The Birthday Party). Pauling and Collins were both nominated for Fleur du Cap awards this year, for Best Actor and Best New Director respectively.

A Steady Rain takes the audience on a riveting, relentless journey. Using razor-sharp story-telling, writer Keith Huff weaves the perspectives of two Chicago police officers, Joey and Denny, into a harrowing story. Long time partners and best friends, Joey and Denny have serious problems. Joey struggles with alcohol while he secretly obsesses over Denny's wife. Denny is resentful, aggressive and a racist cheater. During the course of the compelling and devastating narrative, the audience is kept white-knuckled right until the moment the lights go down.

Press comments from the previous run of this production included: "a cracker of a script…..the synergy and electric energy between the pair...makes this a compelling piece of drama...remarkable" (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times); "gripping theatre that delivers everything promised by Keith Huff’s award-winning play" (Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus) and "’n vuishou in die maag … 4 stars" (Mariana Malan Die Burger).

"A Steady Rain is an incredible human story of two men," says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard. "On Broadway, the play broke the record for the highest weekly gross of a non-musical production.  Brent Palmer, Nicholas Pauling and Adrian Collins have done justice to Huff’s gripping text in this outstanding production."

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
2 NOV 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    02 Nov 2014 - 02 Nov 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours 25 minutes (excluding 20 minute interval)
  • Cast

    • Gillian AndersonBlanche DuBois
    • Ben FosterStanley Kowalski
    • Vanessa KirbyStella Kowalski

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

Directed by Benedict Andrews, the cast of this brand new production of Tennessee Williams’ tragic masterpiece is: Gillian Anderson, Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey, Otto Farrant, Ben Foster, Nicholas Gecks, Troy Glasgow, Stephanie Jacob, Corey Johnson (as Mitch), Vanessa Kirby and Claire Prempeh. The production features design by Magda Willi, costume by Victoria Behr, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Alex Baranowski and light by Jon Clark.

The profound and lyrical plays of Tennessee Williams had an immeasurable effect on American theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most influential of all. As Blanche DuBois’ fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

Gillian Anderson plays Blanche DuBois. Gillian began her career in theatre but achieved international recognition for her portrayal of Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files. During the show's nine seasons she won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two SAG Awards. A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic is Gillian’s fourth appearance on the London stage. In 2009 she received an Olivier nomination for her performance as Nora in A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. Prior to this she appeared in The Sweetest Swing In Baseball at the Royal Court, and made her West End debut in Michael Weller’s What The Night Is For in 2002. Her screen On screen her credits include Great Expectations, Bleak House (for which she received a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe nomination), Any Human Heart (also BAFTA nominated), and most recently she played DSI Stella Gibson in BBC 2’s psychological thriller, The Fall. On the big screen, her numerous credits include The Mighty, Playing By Heart, The House of Mirth (for which she won a British Independent Film Award), The Last King of Scotland, A Cock and Bull Story, Boogie Woogie and Shadow Dancer.

Ben Foster plays Stanley Kowalski. A Streetcar Named Desire is his first role on the London stage. He made his Broadway debut last year in a revival of Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans, opposite Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. Ben’s extensive film credits include the lead role of Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ film on the infamous cyclist, due to be released in UK cinemas later this year. He made his film debut playing the lead in Barry Levinson’s film Liberty Heights. On the small screen, he played Russell Corwin in HBO’s Six Feet Under.  Film audiences will have seen him most recently in Pete Berg’s hit Lone Survivor, John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings and David Lowery’s critically acclaimed debut Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  Other notable film credits include The Messenger, 360, Alpha Dog, Here, Contraband, X-Men: The Last Stand and 3:10 To Yuma. Ben has just finished filming Warcraft for director Duncan Jones.

Vanessa Kirby (playing Stella) appeared in Benedict Andrews’ acclaimed Three Sisters at the Young Vic in 2012. Her past roles in theatre include Edward II and Women Beware Women (National Theatre), As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Acid Test at the Royal Court, for which she received an Evening Standard Award nomination for Outstanding Newcomer in 2011. Vanessa was nominated in two consecutive years for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award. She played Estella in the BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, which also starred Gillian Anderson, Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth. She played Ruth Elms in the popular BBC2 series The Hour and starred in Channel 4’s Labyrinth opposite John Hurt. Past films include The Rise and Richard Curtis’ About Time. She has just finished filming Everest for director Baltasar Kormákur, and later this year cinema-goers can see her in Kill Command, John Boorman’s Queen and Country with Brendan Gleeson, and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.
Benedict Andrews (director) received a Critics’ Circle Best Director Award for his production of Three Sisters at the Young Vic in 2012. His past work in the UK also includes The Return of Ulysses (Young Vic/ENO), Gross und Klein starring Cate Blanchett (Barbican), Caligula (ENO) and The Eternity Man (Almeida Opera). As former resident director of Sydney Theatre Company (2001-2003), his productions there included Jean Genet’s The Maids, Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life, the multi-award-winning The Season at Sarsaparilla, and a spectacular eight-hour staging of The War of the Roses. In Berlin he has directed A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009, Blackbird and Cleansed at the Schaubühne.


A Voice I Cannot Silence

A Voice I Cannot Silence
NOW EXTENDED TO 2 JUL 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R120 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 Jun 2016 - 02 Jul 2016
  • Time

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

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 25 minutes (no interval)
  • Cast

    • Ralph LawsonAlan Paton
    • Clare MortimerAnne Hopkins
    • Menzi MkhwaneSponono
  • Creative

    • Greg HomannDirector
    • Ralph LawsonWriter
    • Greg HomannWriter
    • Nadya CohenSet Design
    • Michael BroderickLighting Design
    • Evan RobertsSoundscape

Winner of three Naledi Awards including Best Newcomer, Best Actor and Best New SA Script.

In A Voice I Cannot Silence, Alan Paton’s internationally recognised gifts for lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant story telling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait and a moving and empathetic examination of the invaluable contribution made by the author of Cry, The Beloved Country, who was described by Douglas Livingstone as “a lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country’s constitutional democracy.

The play - sometimes satirical, often wryly amusing, redolent with Paton’s profound love of nature and the devout Anglicanism that sustained him - reveals a complex man who was haunted by the injustices of South African society as much as by the complexities of his own nature and whose entire existence and work was dedicated to equality, alleviation of human suffering, and to what he called “the grand theories of freedom and responsibility.”

The project was originally funded by the National Arts Festival where it was first performed in July 2015 and the South African State Theatre where it played in October 2015. It was the Independent Newspaper Flagship Production at the Hilton Arts Festival in 2015 and this year it has performed to great acclaim at the Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg and as part of the Playhouse Company’s New Stages Season in Durban.

Age restriction: PG13

I was gobsmacked by Ralph Lawson's extraordinary impersonation of this daunting man … a skilled distillation - Cue
The play is nothing short of a masterpiece … deeply incisive … so wisely made and performed with an intense and rich understanding … an important and beautiful reflection of one of South Africa's heroes. - My View
Lawson's towering presence gives the character its body and soul … has you in the palm of his hand … a consummate performer … a brilliantly written slice of theatre, impeccably directed by Greg Homann … Mortimer is excellent as Anne … highly recommended. - Next 48 Hours
The awesome power of Paton's words resonate … Lawson performs with an integrity that lends authenticity to the piece … theatre of this kind (is) so precious; it reminds us from where we come and what we should be striving for. - The Star
I was gobsmacked by Ralph Lawson's extraordinary impersonation of this daunting man … a skilled distillation - Cue
The play is nothing short of a masterpiece … deeply incisive … so wisely made and performed with an intense and rich understanding … an important and beautiful reflection of one of South Africa's heroes. - My View
Lawson's towering presence gives the character its body and soul … has you in the palm of his hand … a consummate performer … a brilliantly written slice of theatre, impeccably directed by Greg Homann … Mortimer is excellent as Anne … highly recommended. - Next 48 Hours
The awesome power of Paton's words resonate … Lawson performs with an integrity that lends authenticity to the piece … theatre of this kind (is) so precious; it reminds us from where we come and what we should be striving for. - The Star

Abdullah Ibrahim Live

Abdullah Ibrahim Live
20 – 23 OCT 2016
THU – SAT 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | SOLD OUT
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    20 Oct 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
  • Time

    THU – SAT 8 PM | SUN 4 PM
  • Price

    SOLD OUT
  • Duration

    2 hours

SOLD OUT

Following a sold out performance at the Fugard Theatre earlier this year, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present four solo piano concerts by global music icon and South African legend Abdullah Ibrahim.

Hot on the heels of his much lauded appearance at the thirtieth annual Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway, these will be Mr. Ibrahim's only other solo piano concerts in Cape Town in 2016. The special performances will be a brand new presentation of new and older compositions spanning nearly seventy years of a remarkable career, which all began in Kensington and District Six at the age of seven.

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.

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.

Abdullah Ibrahim Master Class

Abdullah Ibrahim Master Class
16 January 2019
2pm | R300
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    16 Jan 2019 - 16 Jan 2019
  • Time

    2pm
  • Price

    R300

Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, will be presenting a once-off Master Class as part of his Solo Piano Concert Series in The Fugard Studio Theatre in January 2019.
 
On Wednesday 16 January 2019 at 14h00, Abdullah Ibrahim, world renowned musician whose career spans nearly seventy years, will take audiences through his process of composition and performance in this once off Master Class.

Limited to 100 seats, tickets cost R300 each and can be purchased from www.thefugard.com or from The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
 
Wheelchair access to The Fugard Studio is limited and requires assisted entrance which can be arranged in advance with the Theatre.
 
Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from The Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar. There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite The Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.

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