The Team

The Team

Eric Abraham - Founding Producer

Eric Abraham is a film, television and theatre producer, best known for producing the Academy Award-winning film Kolya (Best Foreign Language Film, 1996). A South African born former journalist and human rights activist banned and house-arrested by the apartheid government in 1976 and exiled for 15 years, he became a producer of BBC TV’s Panorama before going on to form his own production company, Portobello.

He went on to produce many acclaimed television dramas including John le Carre’s A Murder of Quality and the BBC TV crime series Dalziel & Pascoe. He produced Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World, Jan Svěrák’s Dark Blue World and Empties, Tim Roth’s The War Zone, Jez Butterworth’s Mojo and Birthday Girl, Jiri Menzel’s The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin and Quiet Chaos starring Nanni Moretti, and Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood, winner of a Silver Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

With his wife, publisher and philanthropist Sigrid Rausing, Eric Abraham co- founded the Portobello Books publishing house in 2005, and later that year they acquired the highly regarded literary journal Granta and Granta Books.

As a theatre producer, credits include Hugh Whitemore’s adaptation of Pirandello’s As you Desire Me, starring Bob Hoskins and Kristin Scott-Thomas, Christopher Hampton’s stage version of Sandor Marai’s Embers, which marked Jeremy Irons’ return to the stage after twenty years and was directed by the Tony award-winning Michael Blakemore, Polly Stenham’s multi-award winning That Face, and the acclaimed West End transfer of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, 2011. He has commissioned new plays from, amongst others, Nicholas Wright, Hugh Whitemore, Frank McGuinness and Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

In 2006 and 2010, he set up and worked with Isango Portobello, a collaboration with director Mark Dornford-May to produce theatre and film productions with South African talent for South African and international audiences. Their first productions together were A Christmas Carol – Ikrismas Kherol and The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo. They premiered in Cape Town at the Baxter Theatre and at the Young Vic in London to major acclaim, with The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo transferring to the Duke of York’s theatre for a successful West End run and winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, 2008, before touring internationally. The company also presented an acclaimed revival of their production of The Mysteries – Yiimimangaliso in Cape Town in 2009, prior to a West End transfer.  Other productions include Aesop’s Fables and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.

Eric Abraham is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the European and Czech Film Academies.

The Fugard Theatre Team

Founding and Executive Producer
Eric Abraham

Executive Director
Daniel Galloway
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Financial Director
Stephen Sacks
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Theatre Manager & Associate Producer
Lamees Albertus
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Resident Director & General Manager
Greg Karvellas
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Financial Manager
Ronel Botha
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Payroll and Accounts
Vanessa Sacks

Front of House Manager
Iris Bolton
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Box Office Manager
Ingrid Stemmert
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Technical Manager
Benjamin du Plessis
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Production Manager
Roberto Grové
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Multimedia Production
Daniel Rutland Manners
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Office & Events Assistant
Kyle Alexander
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Resident Stage Manager
Juanita van Wyk
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Assistant Technical Stage Manager
Clynt Hlubi
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Technical Assistant
Achmat Khroodien
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Bar Manager
Olivier Lekada
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Bar Duty Manager
Dorsaint Katumpa
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Physical address

Cnr of Caledon and Lower Buitenkant Street

District 6, Cape Town, 8001

Postal address

The Fugard Theatre, P.O.Box 118, Cape Town, 8000

Telephone & Fax

Tel: 021 461 4554 

Fax: 021 461 1241


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