It’s Only A Play

  • Suspended until further notice

A celebration of theatre at its best … and theatre people behaving their not-so-best.

Please note: Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday 15 March, we have decided to suspend operations at The Fugard Theatre with immediate effect, as of Monday 16 March 2020, until further notice due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 virus over the weekend. The health and well-being of our audiences, actors and The Fugard staff remain our foremost concern. All patrons will be contacted by The Fugard Theatre box office to arrange a full refund for seats booked. For any enquiries, please email [email protected]. Details around new dates and rescheduling of our suspended productions will be communicated through our website, social media and database in due course.

Sometimes the show can’t go on: If you have tickets to a live performance or screening which has been cancelled due to COVID-19, please consider donating your ticket rather than requesting a refund. This is the kind of thing that can kill the arts. The livelihood of countless performing arts professionals are at stake.” Lamees Albertus, General Manager & Producer of The Fugard Theatre.

It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play The Golden Egg, and he’s anxiously waiting to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his “best” friend, a television star, his novice producer, his doped-up diva, his genius director, a lethal drama critic and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan.

It’s Only A Play, written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, is a celebration of theatre at its best … and theatre people behaving their not-so-best.

It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender – and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.

“Hilarious! The hottest ticket in town – and rightly so.” The Wall Street Journal

“Terrence McNally’s ‘It’s Only A Play’ is that rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny.” Newsday

Terrence McNally

Greg Karvellas

Niall Griffin
Set Design, based on the Original Set Design by Saul Radomsky

Luke Ellenbogen
Lighting Design

Widaad Albertus
Costume Design

David Classen
Sound Design


Andrew Laubscher
Peter Austin

Dianne Simpson
Julia Budder

Nicholas Pauling
James Wicker

Darron Araujo
Ira Drew

Genna Galloway
Virginia Noyes

Sven Ruygrok
Frank Finger

Tristan de Beer
Gus P. Head

Available discounts

These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing us at [email protected]

Friends of The Fugard

Save 20% on selected performances.


Save 15% on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday matinees.


R150 per ticket for groups of 10 or more (teachers can be included).


Save 15% on all days, except Tuesdays