Nastasha Meister and Gavin Minter Live

Nastasha Meister and Gavin Minter Live
20 Apr 2012 - 20 Apr 2012
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    20 Apr 2012 - 20 Apr 2012
  • Price


Two of Cape Town's finest singer-songwriters will present a double launch of their respective albums - Gavin Minter "My Return To Paradise" and Nastasha Meister "Half Way". The night will be broken into two sets - Natasha Meister Band - featuring Paul Tizzard on drums, Roger Bashew on bass and guest Dan Shout on saxophone will open the evening at 20h00 with her beautiful bluesy tunes and showcase the writing from her debut album "Half Way". Gavin Minter, accompanied by Mark Fransman on piano accordion and piano, Gorm Helfjord on guitar, Wesley Rustin on bass, Kevin Gibson on drums will then take to the stage at 21h15 after a short interval and present the music from his latest offering "My Return To Paradise"

National Theatre's 50 Years on Stage

National Theatre's 50 Years on Stage
16 FEB 2014
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Time

  • Price

  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes

Part of The National Live Theatre Season 2013/2014

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances by a cast of 100. This once-in-a-lifetime event is directed by the National Theatre’s current director Nicholas Hytner and includes award-winning actors Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Frances de la Tour, Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Alex Jennings, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen Mirren, Andrew Scott, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton.

Covering iconic productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this screening will be a thrilling evening of performances and rare glimpses from the archive, bringing the history of the National Theatre to the Fugard Theatre Bioscope.


The Daily Telegraph reviews National Theatre's 50 Years on Stage

Theatrical galas can often be more of a penance than a pleasure, but not this one. Leading from the front as ever, Hytner directed it himself with a cast that seemed like a who’s who of British theatre. There were also evocative film clips of actors who are no longer with us, ranging from Paul Scofield in Amadeus to Nigel Hawthorne in the Madness of George III and that great NT stalwart Michael Bryant as the Fool in King Lear. In a show lasting almost two and a half hours without an interval there was barely a dull moment.

The evening took a more or less chronological approach beginning with the first scene of Hamlet, the debut production of Olivier’s NT and working through to Hytner’s superb recent Othello followed by a witty epilogue about the NT itself from Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, superbly delivered by Frances de la Tour.

Bennett indeed was one of the biggest stars of the show. He’s a great writer but he is also a delightful actor and here he stepped into the shoes of the late and much missed Richard Griffiths to play the schoolmaster Hector in a riotous scene from his wonderful play The History Boys. It was sheer comic delight.

Among the stars, Judi Dench was profoundly moving as she revisited her performance as Cleopatra, with that familiar catch in her voice and an extraordinary depth of emotion, while film of the NT’s landmark1964 revival of Coward’s Hay Fever directed by the author revealed Maggie Smith in all her high-definition comic glory.

Standing on a bare stage, Simon Russell Beale delivered a beautifully simple and deeply felt speech from Hamlet that seemed to distil the very essence of the character and another highlight was a recreation of Bill Bryden’s great promenade production of the medieval mystery plays, one of the first shows I saw at the NT. And for sheer joy it was hard to beat Sit Down, Your Rockin’ The Boat from Richard Eyre’s great production of Guys and Dolls. Splendid too to see Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon in the roles originally played by Gielgud and Richardson in Pinter’s No Man’s Land. And naturally there was a starring appearance of Joey from War Horse.

Nik Rabinowitz What the EFF?

Nik Rabinowitz What the EFF?
16 – 31 DEC 2014
TUE - SAT 8 PM | R150 – R190
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    16 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014
  • Time

    TUE - SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R150 – R190
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Nik Rabinowitz
  • Creative

    • Brent PalmerDirector

Top South African comedian Nik Rabinowitz returns to the Fugard Theatre with What the EFF?, his brand new show that runs over the festive season from 16 to 31 December 2014.

It's hard to live in South Africa for more than five minutes without looking around in wide-eyed bewilderment, and asking: "What the EFF?”. Whether it's hippies rubbing their chords together to produce solar energy, militants marching into parliament in Pep Store overalls and Italian shoes, or taxi drivers who manage to simultaneously cut you off and flip you the bird while paging through the newspaper and counting their money… at some point in every day, you will say: "What the EFF?”. Fortunately, Nik Rabinowitz is here to answer that question. Or maybe not answer it, so much as shake it a bit, and see what falls out.

From the leafy green ganglands of Constantia, to the imaginary book storage lockers of Limpopo, Rabinowitz casts his eye far and wide, and muses: "What the EFF?”. And if politics isn't your cup of tea, there's plenty of other ridiculousness that'll have you shaking your head, and clutching your sides.

This show is 100% vegan and eco-friendly, and made up of 10% recycled material and 15% up cycled jokes. No punch lines were tested on animals. Bring your own canvas bag.

Nik Rabinowitz Work in Progress

Nik Rabinowitz Work in Progress
11 Aug 2011 - 13 Aug 2011
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    11 Aug 2011 - 13 Aug 2011

Nik Rabinowitz was raised on the mean, green streets of Constantia, Cape Town, a world of ride-bys (on horseback), piano lessons, and unrelenting love and financial support from family members. He grew up on a farm, climbing trees and commentating on his own rugby games in at least three of South Africa’s eleven official languages.  After graduating from UCT with a Business Science Degree, Nik went off with a troop of donkeys and a bunch of traveling actors, to discover stand-up comedy one afternoon in 2001. Seven years down the line, in 2008, he was awarded “SA stand-up of the year” for being the world’s “leading Xhosa speaking Jewish comedian”.

Work in Progress promised to be entirely fresh, new material and fans were told to expect the unexpected. And they were not disappointed.

No Man's Land

No Man's Land
19 MAR 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    19 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

  • Duration

    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Ian McKellenSpooner
    • Patrick StewartHirst
    • Owen TealeBriggs
    • Damien MolonyFoster
  • Creative

    • Harold PinterWriter
    • Sean MathiasDirector
    • Stephen Brimson LewisSet and Costume Design
    • Peter KaczorowskiLighting Design

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The National Theatre.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage following their hit run on Broadway, in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Notre-Dame De Paris

Notre-Dame De Paris
24 MARCH 2013
4PM | R50-R100
The Fugard Bioscope
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  • Duration

    1 hour 48 minutes
  • Cast

    • Natalia OsipovaEsmeralda
    • Roberto BolleQuasimodo
    • Eris NezhaPhoebus
    • Mick ZeniFrollo
  • Creative

    • Roland PetitiChoreography
    • Maurice JarreMusic
    • Paul ConnellyOrchestration
    • René AllioSets
    • Yves Saint-LaurentCostumes
    • Jean-Michel DésiréLights

Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Frollo and Phoebus: four great characters around which a highly dramatic, passionate story revolves. Notre-Dame de Paris, inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel, with music by Maurice Jarre, sets by René Allio and the renowned costumes of Yves Saint-Laurent, returns to La Scala after more than ten years since its last performances. Once again it will be celebrating choreographer Roland Petit and the triumph of his vision of performance as a total creation: dance, sets, costumes, music, theatricality...with two of the international ballet world’s brightest stars: Roberto Bolle and Natalia Osipova.

Captured live at Milan's Teatro alla Scalla, February 14, 2013.


21 JAN 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    21 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

  • Duration

    1 hour 55 minutes, with no interval
  • Cast

    • Jude LawGino
    • Halina ReijnHanna
    • Gijs Scholten van AschatJoseph
    • Chukwudi IwujiThe Priest / The Inspector
    • Robert de HoogJohnny
    • Aysha KalaAnita
  • Creative

    • Ivo van HoveDirector
    • Jan VersweyveldSet Design and Lighting
    • Jan Peter GerritsAdaptation and Dramaturgy
    • Simon StephensEnglish Language Version

Screened as part of the Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season.

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession. Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Of Mice and Men (Encore)

Of Mice and Men (Encore)
29 MAR 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    29 Mar 2015 - 29 Mar 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

    • James FrancoGeorge
    • Chris O`DowdLennie
    • Leighton MeesterCurley's Wife
    • Jim ParrackSlim
    • Jim NortonCandy
    • Ron Cephas Jones Crooks
    • Alex Morf Curley
    • Joel Marsh Garland Carlson
    • James McMenamin Whit
    • Jim Ortlieb The Boss
  • Creative

    • John Steinbeck Writer
    • Anna D. Shapiro Director
    • Todd Rosenthal Set Designer
    • Suttirat Larlarb Costume Designer
    • Japhy Weideman Lighting Designer
    • Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen Sound Designers

From the National Theatre. Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season.

The critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of John Steinbeck`s Of Mice and Men directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco, BAFTA and Tony Award nominee Chris O`Dowd, Leighton Meester and Tony and Olivier Award winner Jim Norton.

Of Mice and Men began as a novella published in 1937 by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck.

Adapted from his own classic novel, John Steinbeck`s Of Mice and Men is an essential adventure, an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heart-breaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O`Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.


FROM 14 SEP 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 3 PM
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    14 Sep 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 3 PM
  • Duration

    1 hour 25 minutes, with no interval
  • Cast

    • Alan CommittieJohn
    • Nicole FortuinCarol
  • Creative

    • David MametWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Chris PienaarSet Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Luke EllenbogenLighting Design
    • Marie RouxAssociate Lighting Designer
    • Siphelo Mtshetsha Directing Intern

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s powerful and searingly topical play - Oleanna.

Starring award-winning actor and comedian Alan Committie (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Love Factually, Defending the Caveman) as John, opposite actress and TV star Nicole Fortuin (SABC 3’s RoerJouVoete, Generations – The Legacy, Swartwater, and Warner Bros’ A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits) as Carol,this hard-hitting two-hander will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre for a strictly limited season from 14 September 2018.

Oleanna is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas (Shakespeare in Love, Significant Other, The Road to Mecca, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Champ).

In Oleanna, a female college student engages with her male professor in a heated discussion about his lesson content and teaching style. The relationship between a teacher and his student quickly turns into a fiendishly acute x-ray of the mechanisms of status, censorship,  abuse and a charge of sexual harassment. It examines the explosive and relevant contemporary issues of the assumption of power, intellectual freedom and sexual politics against the background of academic, institutional and structural inequality.

This volatile drama will ignite discussion and debate. Did a crime take place? Is Carol’s eventual charge the only way of regaining power over John? Is the truth even relevant after such an accusation?

Set Design is by Chris Pienaar, Costume Design by Birrie le Roux and Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen.

Comments about international productions of the play have included Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times noting, “Experiencing David Mamet's play Oleanna on the stage was one of the most stimulating experiences I've had in a theater.”  Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter,who directed the London premiere production, commented, “There can be no tougher or more unflinching play than Oleanna,” and legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times said “"Oleanna" is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year”.

"We are delighted to welcome Alan Committie, one of South Africa's most popular faces and versatile actors, back to the Fugard Theatre stage, starring opposite Nicole Fortuin, one of the country's most talented rising stars. Oleanna is a powerful and searingly topical play, that will no doubt stimulate discussion and debate," says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.

Oleanna carries an age restriction of no under 16.  

Oleanna will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre from 14 September for a limited season. It will be performed on Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee on Saturdays at 3pm.  Sunday performances will be presented from Sunday 30 September at 3pm.

Tickets from R150 are available directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at There is a 15% discount for Friends of the Fugard and a 10% discount for pensioners. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office.

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.

Please note: Oleanna carries an age restriction of 16 for mature content and violence. Themes and content of sexual harassment and violence against women are prevalent at certain times in the play. These could be triggering to some audience members. If you would like more information about the content of this production please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.

Open Book Festival 2013

Open Book Festival 2013
7-11 September 2013
  • Dates

    07 Sep 2013 - 11 Sep 2013

The Fugard Theatre is proud, once more, to play host and hub to this year’s Open Book Festival.
The full schedule for the Festival which runs from 7 – 11 September 2013 is available on

 Some highlights from this year's festival include:

Fugard at the Fugard
7 September 2013 | 8PM

Athol Fugard reflects on his writing career with Mannie Manim at the launch of Die Laaste Karretjiegraf, a production which enjoyed its World Premiere earlier this year at the Fugard Theatre.

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Fox & Raven: Readings from the Dark Side
8 September 2013 | 8PM

Lauren Beukes, Cat Hellisen, Sarah Lotz, Songeziwe Mahlangu, Henning Mankell, Sally Partridge and Will Storr read selections of dark material staged on top of the eery The Rocky Horror Show set!

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Henning Mankell
9 September 2013 | 5PM

Multi-award-winning author of the much loved Wallander series, Henning Mankell, talks to Andrew Brown about his new stand-alone novel, A Treacherous Paradise.

Every ticket bought for this event qualifies the purchaser for a free ticket for any other event at the festival excluding walking tours, Down in the Basement: Illustrator Sports and Dinner with Ian Rankin and Deon Meyer at Ruben's restaurant.

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The authors presenting and or appearing at this year’s festival are:

Abraham H. de Vries
Adam Habib
Adrian van Wyk
Alex Latimer
André P. Brink
Andrew Brown
Andy Mason
Angela Makholwa
Anton Kannemeyer
Arthur Attwell
Athol Fugard
Boykey Sidley
Brent Meersman
Cat Hellisen
Charlie Human

Claire Robertson
Clinton Osbourne
Conrad Botes
Damien Brown
David Tyfield
Dawn Garisch
Deon Meyer
Diana Ferrus

Diane Awerbuck
Dianne Hofmeyr
Don Pinnock
Elroy Mcklagen aka MC Verrassings
Emile Jansen
Emma van der Vliet
Finuala Dowling
Fiona Snyckers
Floris Brown
Frank Westerman
Gail Schimmel
Gareth Crocker
Gillian Slovo
Haidee Kruger
Helen Moffett
Henrietta Rose-Innes
Hlumelo Biko

Ian Rankin
Ilza Roggeband
Imraan Coovadia

Ingonyama Maseko
Ingrid Mennen

Jacob Sam-La Rose
Jamala Safari
James Clelland
James Hendry
Jason Staggie
Joe Vaz
John Muir
Justin Fox
Kamila Shamsie
Karin Brynard
Karin Schimke
Kate Ellis-Cole
KB Kilobyte
Kerneels Breytenbach
Kgebetli Moele
Khadija Heeger
Khosi Xaba
Lauren Beukes
Layla Al-Zubaidi
Liesl Jobson
Malika Ndlovu
Mamphela Ramphele
Margie Orford
Marianne Thamm

Marli Roode
Martinique Stilwell
Melt Myburgh
Michèle Rowe
Michiel Heyns
Mike Nicol
Mike van Graan
Mongane Wally Serote
Morad Zaffron
Mukesh Kapila
Mukoma wa Ngugi

Nathan Trantraal
Nigel Penn
Niq Mhlongo
NoViolet Bulawayo

Nthikeng Mohlele

Paige Nick
Patrick deWitt
Peter Piegl
Pieter-Dirk Uys
Polly Dunbar
Pumla Gqola
Rachel Holmes
Rachel Zadok
Ralph Borland
Reneilwe Malatji
Robin Moger
Ron Irwin
Ros Haden
Rustum Kozain
Sally Partridge
Sarah Lotz

Sean Newman
Shaun Viljoen
Shirmoney Rhode
Sihle Khumalo
Sindiwe Magona
Songeziwe Mahlangu
Sunjeev Sahota
Tan Twan Eng
Teju Cole
Thabe Ntebe
Thabiso Nkoana
Tom Eaton
Toni Stuart
Tope Folarin
Will Storr
Yewande Omotoso

Zenande Gxabela

Open Book Festival 2014

Open Book Festival 2014
17 – 21 SEP 2014
  • Dates

    17 Sep 2014 - 21 Sep 2014

The Fugard Theatre is proud, once more, to play host and hub to this year’s Open Book Festival.
The full schedule for the Festival which runs from 17 – 21 September 2014 is available at

The authors presenting and or appearing at this year’s festival are:

Adrian van Wyk

Andrew Brown

Antony Loewenstein

Ari Sitas

Athol Williams

Barbara Boswell

Bibi Slippers

Blaq Pearl

Damon Galgut

David wa Maahlamela

Deon Meyer

Ekow Duker

Felicitas Hoppe

Fiona Leonard

Francesca Beard

Futhi Ntshingila

Genna Gardini

Geoff Dyer

Hakkiesdraad Hartman

Helen Moffett

Isabel Greenberg

Ivan Vladislavic

Jaco Van Schalkwyk

Jacob Sam-La Rose

Joan Metelerkamp

Kader Abdolah

Kelwyn Sole

Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile

Khanyisile Mbongwa

Koleka Putuma

Linda Kaoma

Lwanda Sindaphi

Malaika wa Azania

Margie Orford

Mbongeni Nomkonwana

Mike Carey

Niq Mhlongo

Philip Hensher

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

Pieter Odendaal

Rabih Alameddine

Raymond E Feist

Sally Partridge

Satoshi Kitamura

Sefi Atta

Shabbir Banoobhai

Shân Fischer

Susan Hawthorne

Taiye Selasi

Toast Coetzer

Toni Stuart

Zakes Mda

Zelda la Grange

Zukiswa Wanner