The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice
6 AUG 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    06 Aug 2017 - 06 Aug 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jonathan PryceShylock
    • Daniel LapaineBassanio
    • Rachel PickupPortia
  • Creative

    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • Mike BrittonDesigner

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

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more.

In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt to win the hand of Portia. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if they should fail, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.

 

The Monteverdi Project Part 3

The Monteverdi Project Part 3
13, 20 & 27 OCT 2013
6PM | R130
  • Dates

    13 Oct 2013 - 27 Oct 2013
  • Time

    6PM
  • Price

    R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes

The Cape Consort`s third madrigal concert series at the Fugard Theatre is set during the last 24 hours before an imminent apocalypse. We accompany a young man as he urgently tries to tick off the items on his final to-do list. An old love-affair needs to be resolved, a current relation taken care of, matters of religion sorted, with also some shopping and partying fitted in. In juxtaposing sacred and secular works by Monteverdi and contemporaries from Italy, Germany and England, the group explores the blurred distinctions between the spiritual and the profane, the profound and the mundane, the sensible and the whimsical.

Presented in the same spirit as its highly popular predecessors, The Matrix of the Madrigal and Heart/Attack, the versatile group`s new programme once again promises stirring interpretations of exceptional but rarely performed Baroque repertoire, with high doses of creative flair, sensuality and mischief.

Five voices, period instruments, animated text projections - inspired interpretations of Baroque music in contemporary performances.

The Mother

The Mother
7 FEB – 4 MAR 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 Feb 2017 - 04 Mar 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Anna-Mart van der Merwe
    • Graham Hopkins
    • Sven Ruygrok
    • Amy Louise Wilson
  • Creative

    • Florian ZellerWriter
    • Christopher HamptonTranslation
    • Janice HoneymanDirector
    • Birrie le RouxCostume, Set Design
    • Rocco PoolAssociate Set Designer
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Nicolaas van ReenenSound Design & Music Composition

Florian Zeller's The Mother (translated from French to English by Christopher Hampton) is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Studio from 7 February 2017 and will run until 4 March 2017.

An Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production The Mother will be directed by Janice Honeyman and features an all South African cast headed by Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Anne) with Graham Hopkins, Sven Ruygrok and Amy Louise Wilson.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne's world begins to twist around her. Has her favoured son Nicholas really returned to her? And what of the suspicious actions of her husband?

The premiere of The Mother follows a South African premiere run of its companion piece The Father in November 2016, directed by Greg Karvellas.

Age restriction: No Under 16. The Mother contains scenes with mature language and nudity.

★★★★★ Riveting to watch ... a cast who, without exception, deliver polished performances - Cape Argus
★★★★★ A powerful and disturbing theatre experience in equal measure - Die Burger
A superb piece of theatre ... four exceptional performances - Cape Times
A deeply poignant piece that should be seen by everyone - LitNet
What Van der Merwe achieves on the small stage of The Fugard Studio is powerful and tragic - Broadway World
Honeyman transcends herself with aching tale of a misspent life - 48 Hours
★★★★★ Riveting to watch ... a cast who, without exception, deliver polished performances - Cape Argus
★★★★★ A powerful and disturbing theatre experience in equal measure - Die Burger
A superb piece of theatre ... four exceptional performances - Cape Times
A deeply poignant piece that should be seen by everyone - LitNet
What Van der Merwe achieves on the small stage of The Fugard Studio is powerful and tragic - Broadway World
Honeyman transcends herself with aching tale of a misspent life - 48 Hours

The National Theatre Live Season 2013/2014

The National Theatre Live Season 2013/2014
FROM OCT 2013
SUNDAYS 11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    27 Oct 2013 - 06 Jul 2014
  • Time

    SUNDAYS 11AM
  • Price

    R100

From October 2013 the Fugard Theatre Bioscope is proud to present a range of broadcasts from the celebrated National Theatre of Great Britain via National Theatre Live screenings, beginning with an encore screening of the acclaimed West End production of The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren. National Theatre Live joins the Bioscope's highly anticipated, recently announced 2013 / 2014 World Opera and Ballet Season.

Together with presentations of the finest opera and ballet from around the globe, the Fugard Theatre Bioscope will now also screen a range of critically acclaimed live screenings from the National Theatre in full digital high-definition and surround-sound on a cinema screen, in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.
 
The 2013/2014 Fugard Theatre Bioscope National Theatre Live screenings will take place on Sunday mornings at 11am.

 

2013 / 2014 Calendar

MONTHNATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION

OCT 2013

THE AUDIENCE
With Helen Mirren
27 October 2013
NOV 2013 OTHELLO
With Adrian Lester, Rory Kinnear
10 November 2013
DEC 2013 MACBETH
With Kenneth Branagh
01 December 2013
  HAMLET
With Rory Kinnear
22 December 2013
FEB 2014 50 YEARS ON STAGE
With Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch and many others.
16 February 2014
APR 2014 CORIOLANUS
With Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss.
13 April 2014
JUN 2014 KING LEAR
With Simon Russell Beale. Directed by Sam Mendes
29 June 2014
JUL 2014 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME
Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.
6 July 2014

Download the full 2013/2014 schedule here

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
09 Dec 2012 - 16 Dec 2012
2 & 6PM | R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Dec 2012 - 16 Dec 2012
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Miyako Yoshida The Sugar Plum Fairy
    • Ricardo CerveraHans-Peter/The Nutcracker
    • Steven McRae The Prince
    • Gary AvisHerr Drosselmeyer
    • Iohna LootsClara
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Music
    • Peter Wright after Lev IvanovChoreography
    • Koen Kessels Conductor
    • Julia Trevelyan OmanDesigns

From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in train the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara.

The Nutcracker unfolds over two glorious acts. For Act I it is Christmas Eve and we are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll – beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers at which the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice, and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm. Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Prince and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

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

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
12 JAN 2014
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    12 Jan 2014 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Laura MoreraSugar Plum Fairy
    • Gary AvisHerr Drosselmeyer
    • Federico BonelliThe Prince
    • Emma MaguireClara
    • Alexander CampbellHans-Peter
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Illyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Peter Wright after Lev IvanovChoreography
    • Tom SeligmanConductor
    • Julia Trevelyan OmanDesigns

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

From the very first notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture to The Nutcracker, a sense of mystery and magic pervades the theatre as Herr Drosselmeyer sets in train the events that will see his beloved nephew, Hans Peter, freed from the enchantment of the evil Mouse King by the resourceful Clara.

The Nutcracker unfolds over two glorious acts. For Act I it is Christmas Eve and we are brought to a party at which Drosselmeyer gives young Clara a nutcracker doll – beginning a night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers at which the Nutcracker defeats the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice, and a headlong pas de deux in which Clara and Hans Peter meet and celebrate their triumph before being enveloped in a magical snowstorm. Act II whisks the young pair off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Prince and her glittering court in a series of dazzling dances. Peter Wright’s classic production, first seen at Covent Garden in 1984, is an essential part of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

Tchaikovsky’s score contains some of the best-known melodies in ballet, from the flurrying sounds of the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the dream-like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the vigorous Russian Dance. Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs draw upon 19th-century images of Christmas, making this a classic production for the festive season.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
01 FEB 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    01 Feb 2015 - 01 Feb 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

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

    • Piotr TchaikovskyMusic
    • Yuri Grigorovich Libretto
    • Yuri Grigorovich Choreography

Please note: the Fugard Theatre’s scheduled screenings will not be affected by load-shedding.

From the Bolshoi Ballet. Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
20 DEC 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    20 Dec 2015 - 20 Dec 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cast

    • Denis RodkinThe Nutcracker Prince
    • Anna NikulinaMarie
    • Andrei MerkurievDrosselmeyer
    • Vitaly BiktimirovThe Mouse King
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Yuri GrigorovichChoreography
    • Yuri GrigorovichLibretto

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Bolshoi Ballet.

On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a wooden nutcracker as a gift. When the clock strikes midnight, the Nutcracker transforms into a prince and saves Marie from the Mouse King and his army.

This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairytale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
23 AUG – 24 SEP 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R140 – R180
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
  • Time

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

    R140 – R180
  • Duration

    2 hours, including 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Tshamano SebeNukain
    • Sne DladlaJonathan Sejake
    • Anna-Mart van der MerweElmarie Kleynhans
    • Likho MangoBokkie
    • Siya JantjieBokkie
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter, director
    • Paula FourieCo-director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Athol Fugard's latest play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, is set for its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre.

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek.

Internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2011, returns to the Fugard Theatre with his acclaimed new play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, a story inspired by the life of a farm worker called Nukain Mabuza, a self-taught artist living in segregated pre-liberation South Africa. The play enjoyed a highly acclaimed debut season in New York in 2015, which was extended several times.

Ageing Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks on a koppie at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Aided by his young companion Bokkie, we now find Nukain confronting his last challenge — to paint the huge boulder at the summit. Yet before long, the landowner’s wife, Elmarie Kleynhans arrives and makes demands about the painting, laying bare the profound rifts of a country hurtling towards the end of apartheid. When Bokkie – now known as Jonathan Sejake – returns years later, it is to confront the legacy on Revolver Creek left to him as a young man trying to find his place in the new South Africa.

In his work, Fugard continues to explore the limits of human experience against the backdrop of the changing South African political reality. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek is his latest effort to confront not only the past, but also the present.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek features an all South Africa cast of highly acclaimed Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Begeerte, Binnelanders) who makes her Fugard Theatre debut, Tshamano Sebe (The Fugard Theatre’s Master Harold and the Boys) and Sne Dladla (The Fugard Theatre’s Orpheus in Africa, District Six – Kanala) who recently won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his various roles in David Kramer's Orpheus in Africa. The production will be co-directed by Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie. The creative team includes critically acclaimed set designer Saul Radomsky (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa), costume designer Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Blue Iris, Orpheus in Africa), lighting designer Mannie Manim, (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, The Blue Iris) and sound design by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Orpheus in Africa).

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek runs at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 23 August 2016 for a limited season only that must close on 24 September 2016. Tickets ranging from R140 to R180 are available through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or Computicket and 08619158000. The usual excellent discounts are available to all registered Friends of the Fugard when booking through the Theatre’s box office.

a tender, ruminative play - New York Times
this deeply affecting play represents another highlight in Fugard's distinguished career - Hollywood Reporter
simply constructed yet highly affecting - Los Angeles Times
a tender, ruminative play - New York Times
this deeply affecting play represents another highlight in Fugard's distinguished career - Hollywood Reporter
simply constructed yet highly affecting - Los Angeles Times

The Pervert Laura

The Pervert Laura
6 – 30 MAY 2015
TUE – SAT 8 PM | R130 – R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    06 May 2015 - 30 May 2015
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R150
  • Cast

    • Emily ChildLaura
    • Terry NortonTherapist
    • Nicholas PaulingMan
    • Guy de LanceyFather
    • Sarah Grace PotterDonna
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter, Director
    • Guy de LanceyDesign

Strictly no under 18s.

Winner: Best Actress (Emily Child) and Best New Director (Louis Viljoen) at the 2015 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.

The Pervert Laura, an unsettling and dark psycho-drama, will be presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 6 to 30 May, 2015. At the recent Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards held at Artscape in March, the play won playwright Louis Viljoen the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director. Viljoen also won the Best New South African Script award for another of his acclaimed plays, The Kingmakers, making him the only double winner on the night. The Pervert Laura also received a nomination in the category of Best New South African Script. Emily Child won the Best Lead Actress Award for her portrayal of the titular character in The Pervert Laura and co-star Guy de Lancey received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work.
 
The production, which garnered rave reviews after its premiere season at the historical Little Theatre in December last year, stars Child (King Lear, Champ, Don't Dress for Dinner, A Certain Lady) as Laura, with a powerhouse supporting cast of Terry Norton (Othello, Equus, A Doll's House, Rainbow Scars), Nicholas Pauling (Amadeus, Hamlet, Waiting for the Barbarians, Champ, The Frontiersmen), Guy de Lancey (Cosi, The Birdwatchers, Endgame) and newcomer Sarah Potter (Four Small Gods, The Lover, Ebola). Child, Norton, Pauling and de Lancey are all former Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominees and winners.
 
The Pervert Laura follows 30-year-old Laura through a week in her life. In conversations with her therapist, an attempt at an affair in a seedy hotel room, and through arguments with her family, Laura reveals herself to be a woman on the road to absolute self-annihilation. As secrets are unearthed and accusations are made and relationships are shattered, the true source of Laura's decision to veer from the path society chose for her becomes clear. The play is an uncomfortable journey into the dark heart of a woman's past, and what awaits her in the darkness is more monstrous than she could have imagined. It is a character study of a woman disassembling her life that becomes a horrific odyssey as the story unfolds.
 
Advance booking is recommended for this limited season.

Warning: The Pervert Laura contains explicit language, nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Strictly no under 18s. Please note that there will be no entry after the start of the performance.

★★★★★ The cast of five achieve theatre of a calibre seldom attained …. - Beverley Brommert, The Cape Argus
Explicit, erotic, depraved, critically engaging and ultimately utterly liberating. - Steyn Du Toit, The Cape Times
Viljoen carefully orchestrates the twists and turns with masterful agility. - David Fick, Broadway World
You’ll walk out feeling exquisitely tortured. - Steve Kretzman, The Critter
★★★★★ The cast of five achieve theatre of a calibre seldom attained …. - Beverley Brommert, The Cape Argus
Explicit, erotic, depraved, critically engaging and ultimately utterly liberating. - Steyn Du Toit, The Cape Times
Viljoen carefully orchestrates the twists and turns with masterful agility. - David Fick, Broadway World
You’ll walk out feeling exquisitely tortured. - Steve Kretzman, The Critter

The Pharaoh's Daughter

The Pharaoh's Daughter
9 NOV 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Nov 2014 - 09 Nov 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov.

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela Book Launch

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela Book Launch
25 JULY 2018
7:30 PM | Tickets are free, and strictly limited.
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    25 Jul 2018 - 25 Jul 2018
  • Time

    7:30 PM
  • Price

    Tickets are free, and strictly limited.

PEN South Africa, Penguin Random House South Africa, The Fugard Theatre and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation present the South African launch of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter. Join the centenary celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s birth at this release of the correspondence of the world’s most famous imprisoned writer. Featuring a reception, a panel discussion with Prof. Njabulo Ndebele and Justice Albie Sachs, and readings from acclaimed actors Buhle Ngaba and Koleka Putuma.

To reserve your seat for this event at no cost please call our box office on 021 461 4554. Tickets will be reserved on a first come first serve basis and are strictly limited. Booking is limited to 4 tickets per person.

The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca
MUST CLOSE 19 MAY 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R230
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    27 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

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

    R130 – R230
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
  • Cast

    • Sandra PrinslooMiss Helen
    • Marius WeyersReverend Marius
    • Emily ChildElsa Barlow
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production in honour of this iconic playwright’s 85th year. The play will open at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2018, on World Theatre Day, and run for a limited season.  

Sandra Prinsloo is Miss Helen (Moedertaal, Die Naaimasjien, So Ry Miss Daisy, Oskar en die Pienk Tannie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Miss Julie), Marius Weyers is Rev. Marius Byleveld (The Fugard’s The Father, Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Twee Grade van Moord, The Gods Must Be Crazy) and Emily Child is Elsa Barlow (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, The Pervert Laura, The Father).

Direction will be by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas (The Fugard’s Shakespeare in Love,The Eulogists, Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews). The production will be designed by Saul Radomsky (The Fugard’s Bad Jews, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek) with lighting by Mannie Manim (The Fugard’s The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris) and costumes by Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard’s West Side Story, District Six – Kanala, The Father, The Mother, Clybourne Park, King Kong). Sound design will be by the Fugard’s resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard’s King Kong, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

Inspired by Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now-famous The Owl House – which is designated a provincial heritage site –The Road to Mecca is the story of a woman's desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa.
 
Athol Fugard wrote this play in 1984, creating the lead role of Miss Helen for the late South African theatre star Yvonne Bryceland.
 
Legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times about The Road to Mecca, commented “Road to Mecca examines the core of artistry... Artists are driven to forge their version of the truth even when they have no hope of an audience, even when they must work with the most humble of materials in the middle of nowhere. Artists are dangerous because they won't deviate from that truth, no matter what pressure to conform is applied by the society around them, reminding us that the artistic conscience is inseparable from the moral conscience.”

Weyers and Prinsloo were last seen on the Fugard Theatre stage together in Wie’s bang vir Virginia Woolf?.

“We could think of no better way to mark Athol's 85th birthday year in South Africa than with the Fugard Theatre's first production of The Road to Mecca with an extraordinary South African cast –theatre icons Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and the brilliant young Emily Child" says Eric Abraham - Founding Producer of the Fugard Theatre.

 “Athol Fugard has committed his career and life to restoring our sense of a common humanity. To masterfully pricking our consciences to the injustices of apartheid, inequality and the inadequacies of the new dispensation. His deeply rooted South African narratives resonate universally. A unique figure who was the first to create roles for all South Africans - especially for black actors. His narratives and indelible black characters profoundly changed the way millions of people world over viewed apartheid. Our theatre is proud to bear his name and strive to continue his legacy as a crucible of creativity and common humanity for all South Africans.”

Time Magazine regards Fugard as "the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world".

Athol Fugard was born in 1932 in Middelburg in the Karoo. An internationally acclaimed playwright director and occasional actor, for over half a century he has written almost forty soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the inhumanity of apartheid. His plays champion truth and a fundamental universal humanity. In 2011 he received the ultimate recognition from the world’s most prestigious theatre community – a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He is also the author of four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Master Harold and the Boys, The Train Driver, The Blue Iris and The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Many of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - South Africa's first Academy award in this category. Athol’s work spans the period of apartheid in South Africa, through the first democratic elections, to Nelson Mandela’s presidency and into present-day, post-apartheid South Africa.

The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards, Athol was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale global arts prize for Theatre/Film by the Japan Art Association in 2014. One of the most performed playwrights in the world, he continues to direct and write plays. He shares his life with his wife the writer and academic Paula Fourie and their dog Jakkals.

Please note: There will be no admission after the start of the performance.

★★★★ A tribute to the calibre of direction and acting - Cape Argus
★★★★ Die puntenerige perfeksie beindruk - Die Burger
Superbly executed...outstanding.. Saul Radomsky’s set is superb...one of the finest pieces of acting you will ever see - Cape Times
Brilliant. Emotionally riveting - John Maytham, Cape Talk
A complete masterclass in acting - Weekend Special
A theatrical experience of rare privilege which should not be missed - Terry Levin, Bizcommunity.com
★★★★ A tribute to the calibre of direction and acting - Cape Argus
★★★★ Die puntenerige perfeksie beindruk - Die Burger
Superbly executed...outstanding.. Saul Radomsky’s set is superb...one of the finest pieces of acting you will ever see - Cape Times
Brilliant. Emotionally riveting - John Maytham, Cape Talk
A complete masterclass in acting - Weekend Special
A theatrical experience of rare privilege which should not be missed - Terry Levin, Bizcommunity.com

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
17 Mar 2013
2 & 6PM
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Mar 2013 -
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Duration

    2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lauren CuthbertsonPrincess Aurora
    • Sergei PoluninPrince Florimund
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Il’yich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Boris GruzinConductor
    • Marius PetipaChoreography
    • Oliver MesselOriginal Designs

First staged in St Petersburg in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music and a glorious challenge for every dancer onstage. It is also The Royal Ballet’s signature work. To mark the Company’s 75th birthday in 2006, Monica Mason and Christopher Newton revitalized its landmark 1946 production, which re-established Petipa’s choreography as recorded by Imperial Ballet régisseur Nicholas Sergeyev, to a scenario and staging developed by Ninette de Valois herself, founder of The Royal Ballet. With Oliver Messel’s gorgeous original designs wonderfully re-imagined by Peter Farmer, and additional choreography by Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon and Frederick Ashton, today’s Sleeping Beauty not only captures the mood of the original but shows that this is very much a living work for The Royal Ballet, growing and changing with the Company while celebrating its past.

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
29 DEC 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    29 Dec 2013 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Andrei SitnikovKing Florestan XIV
    • Kristina KarasyovaThe Queen
    • Svetlana ZakharovaPrincess Aurora
    • David HallbergPrince Désirè
    • Alexei LoparevichCatalabutte
  • Creative

    • Pyotr Illyich TchaikovskyMusic
    • Marius PetipaChoreography
    • Simon VirsaladzeDesigner
    • Vassily SinaiskyMusical Direction

Part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

A treasured tale of fairies, spells, and storybook romance: The Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate in classical ballet. Yuri Grigorovich’s adaptation of Marius Petipa’s choreography, called “the best of the Bolshoi” (The New York Times), is paired with some of Tchaikovsky’s most memorable melodies. The Sleeping Beauty stars David Hallberg, the first ever American Premier dancer (principal dancer) at the Bolshoi, as Prince Désirè and Svetlana Zakharova as Princess Aurora. This production was one of the very first performed in the newly renovated Bolshoi Theatre.