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.

Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur
15 Oct 2011 - 16 Oct 2011
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    15 Oct 2011 - 16 Oct 2011
  • Duration

    2 hours 31 minutes (excluding intervals)

Adriana Lecouvreur unites a stellar cast under the baton of Mark Elder, in a new production by David McVicar, of an opera not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1906. Anyone who loves Puccini will find this opera by Francesco Cilea, a contemporary and fellow Italian, just as rich, melodious and romantic.

Its title role has long been associated with star sopranos, and this production is no exception with Angela Gheorghiu singing opposite Jonas Kaufman as Maurizio. The story of jealous rivalry in love is set between two worlds of the theatre and the aristocracy, and this production brings the 18th-century atmosphere to life in rich historical detail.

Against this backdrop, the fictional version of the life of the real and famous actress Adrienne Lecouvreur is played out to its final and deadly conclusion. With the combination of a wonderful score, world-leading cast and exciting production team, this is an unmissable event indeed.

Africa Voices Gala Concert feat. Zebra & Giraffe

Africa Voices Gala Concert feat. Zebra & Giraffe
8 SEP 2014
8 PM | R100 - R140
  • Dates

    08 Sep 2014 - 08 Sep 2014
  • Time

    8 PM
  • Price

    R100 - R140
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes

Zebra and Giraffe to perform at the Fugard Theatre

The Africa Voices Trust is proud to present their annual gala concert at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town on Monday 8 September, featuring award winning programme graduates Zebra & Giraffe who will be performing a unique unplugged and “stripped down” show including new material off their latest release “Knuckles.”

Says lead singer and founder, Greg Carlin: "The Africa Voices Programme has turned our world upside down. It has taught us new ways of thinking about our music, from how we produce it to how we perform it. The programme has re-energized the band in ways we never thought possible. I've personally learnt more in the past few months than I've learnt in my entire time in the music industry. The programme has demystified so many aspects of what makes music successful, powerful and globally accessible. It's knowledge that's being offered nowhere else in South Africa!"

In the 6 years since Zebra & Giraffe performed their first show to an expectant crowd at Oppikoppi in 2008, the band have headlined all of South Africa's major festivals, toured the length and breadth of the country and performed alongside The Killers, Snow Patrol, Oasis, Sum41, Prodigy and Panic at the Disco. In 2009 they were invited to perform live at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Nairobi, Kenya, and in 2011 performed at MusExpo in Los Angeles.
 
“Knuckles" is the fourth studio release from Zebra & Giraffe, following "Collected Memories" (2008) which produced seven Top10 singles and won the SAMA for 'Best Rock Album' and the MTV All Africa Award for the band as 'Best Alternative Band'; "The Knife EP" (2010), launched internationally and mixed at Metropolis Studios in London (Editors, Florence and The Machine, Snow Patrol, U2); "The Inside" (2010); and "The Wisest Ones" (2012) which again won the SAMA for 'Best Rock Album' and earned MK Music Awards nominations for 'Best Video', 'Best Group' and 'Best Rock Album’.
 
Africa has talent. It has an abundant wealth of exciting musical talent that needs to be nurtured.The Africa Voices Trust is a non-profit organization created to support the development of highly talented and deserving young African musicians and singers across all styles & genres. The primary goal of the Trust is to identify, educate and grow future stars and to empower them to create financially sustainable and meaningful careers. In order to make their mark in the music industry - one of the most competitive industries in the world – South African artists must be equipped with know-how and experience and have access to world-class music mentorship and facilities that will guide them to a point where they are ready to produce music that can compete with the best in the world. Africa Voices do not just aim to teach the participants valuable skills; but to identify and nurture leadership potential, to support entrepreneurial spirit and to actively inspire and empower them to take responsibility for their role as future standard bearers in the growth of the African Music Industry.
 
There is no academic requirement to gain entry to the programme. The financial incapability to pursue academic studies, regardless of talent and ambition, is a relevant factor and a reality in South Africa which results in great talent falling by the wayside. All the recording, performance and career development programmes presented by the Africa Voices Trust are offered free of charge to successful participants, as the Trust actively raises all funds required to facilitate these opportunities.
 
All proceeds of the Gala Concert with Zebra and Giraffe on 8 September will go towards the work of the Africa Voices Trust. Tickets cost R100 to R140 via 0214614554 or www.computicket.com. Special discounts are available for Friends of the Fugard and Students.

aKing Live

aKing Live
10 Mar 2011 - 11 Mar 2011
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Mar 2011 - 11 Mar 2011

As if seeing aKing live at the Fugard on 10 and 11 March isn't enough of a treat, a free copy of the new album, The Red Blooded Years, was thrown into the mix for price of a ticket.

Their gig at the Fugard showcased a blend of their acoustic ballads, building up to a few hard rocking numbers. The live show included hits from their two gold selling albums - Safe as Houses, Against all Odds, You and I, as well as songs from the new album The Red Blooded Years.

The Red Blooded Years, recorded at Bellville Studios and produced by acclaimed music producer Theo Crous, is unmistakably aKING, but the sonic influences of new member, Andrew Davenport, are impossible to ignore.

The Red Blooded Years is a young rock band's coming of age album. With their maturity and confidence growing, aKING is emerging from the safety of the familiar and exploring the uncharted territory of musical evolution.

“Having a new member in the band allowed for new sounds and influences to creep in," - Hennie Van Halen
“The title refers to our experience of growing up. I suppose it’s the themes of youth which sort of chronicles our coming of age, as a band and as individuals,” - Jaco
“Snakehead” - Venter
Lines from books, thoughts, snatches of conversation, I guess our lyrics kind of represent our bands’ collective consciousness," - Laudo Liebenberg.

Albert Frost Live

Albert Frost Live
21 – 22 APR 2016
8 PM | R150
  • Dates

    21 Apr 2016 - 22 Apr 2016
  • Time

    8 PM
  • Price

    R150
  • Duration

    1 hour

Albert Frost's first full length studio album, The Wake-up, will be released at The Fugard Theatre on the 21st and 22nd of April 2016.

The trio features acclaimed bass guitarist Schalk Joubert and gifted drummer Jonno Sweetman. While the music remains true to Frost's blues and rock roots, this album explores different styles and territory.

"I have managed to condense 20 years of experience into a diverse product. It is very exciting for me - a wake up to new musical possibilities."

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
08 FEB 2015
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    08 Feb 2015 - 08 Feb 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 55 minutes
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Christopher WheeldonChoreography
    • Joby TalbotMusic
    • Bob CrowleyDesigns
    • David BriskinConductor

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

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

Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognizable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Wheeldon, along with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley, have created a genuine family ballet in the spirit of Carroll’s much-loved children’s classic. While regular ballet goers can appreciate nods to other famous works – there’s a parody of the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, for example, with jam tarts instead of flowers – the ballet is above all a brilliant realization of Carroll’s zany dream-world featuring stunning choreography, a colourful score and ingenious stage-magic ...

All in One Live

All in One Live
01 Apr 2011 - 05 Apr 2011
R150 and R130
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    01 Apr 2011 - 05 Apr 2011
  • Price

    R150 and R130
  • Cast

    • Errol DyersGuiters
    • Steve NewmanGuiters
    • Hilton SchilderPercussion

This trio of masters pay homage to centuries of music practice in Africa and around the world. While their styles are distinct, their mastery is displayed in the blending, collaborative way in which they create something new.

Their music tells a tale that originates right here in Cape Town and, like them, makes its journey all over the world and defies categorization …this is a performance to capture your musical imagination. Two guitars, percussion, and an array of other instruments are played by the three performers in all original material to create a hauntingly beautiful sound.

Each of these three virtuosos are respected in their own right as performers and composers of the very highest order and have delighted crowds in South Africa and internationally; they’ve joined their considerable forces to present you with a serious musical treat that the whole family can enjoy!