Lost Illusions

Lost Illusions
18 MAY 2014
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    18 May 2014 -
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Vladislav LantratovLucien, a young composer
    • Diana VishnevaCoralie, Paris Opera ballerina
    • Ekaterina ShipulinaFlorine, Paris Opera ballerina
    • Artem OvcharenkoThe First Danser
    • Yegor SimachevCamusot, Coralie's patron
    • Alexander FadeyechevThe Duke, Florine's patron
  • Creative

    • Leonid DesyatnikovComposer
    • Alexei RatmanskyChoreographer
    • Alexander VedernikovMusic Director
    • Jerome KaplanSet Designer
    • Vincent MilletLighting Designer
    • Guillaume GallienneDrama Consultant

Screened as part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

Based on French writer Honoré de Balzac’s novel, Lost Illusions is a new ballet created by celebrated choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, set against the backdrop of 19th century Paris. Ratmansky, tells the story of a young composer lured away from his friends and his love by the prospects of fame and money. This stylized adaptation of Balzac’s timeless novel blends ambition, disillusionment and thwarted love, while exploring themes of human nature and restless youth, set to a spellbinding original score.

Macbeth

Macbeth
1 DEC 2013
11AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    01 Dec 2013 - 01 Dec 2013
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Kenneth BranaghMacbeth
    • Alex KingstonLady Macbeth
    • Jimmy YuillBanquo
    • John ShrapnelDuncan / Seyton
    • Elliot BalchinDonalbain
    • Ray FearonMacduff
    • Charlie CameronFirst Weird Sister
    • Laura ElsworthySecond Weird Sister
    • Anjana VasanThird Weird Sister
  • Creative

    • Rob Ashford & Kenneth BranaghDirectors
    • Christopher OramDesigner
    • Neil AustinLighting Designer

Part of The National Live Theatre Season 2013/2014

Captured live at Manchester International Festival on July 20 2013, Macbeth features Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth.
National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Hamlet returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.

Kenneth Branagh has long been lauded as one of the great Shakespearean interpreters. His skills as a writer, director and actor have garnered international acclaim across the disciplines of stage, film and television, and he is the only man to be nominated in five different categories for an Academy Award. He last performed Shakespeare when he played Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible in 2002. Recent stage performances as Edmond at the National Theatre and Ivanov for the Donmar played to great acclaim. In 2011 he completed a sell-out run of the hit comedy The Painkiller at the Lyric Theatre in his home city of Belfast.

Alex Kingston won critical acclaim for her numerous television roles including Dr. Elizabeth Corday in ER and River Song in Doctor Who. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost amongst others, Kingston was recently seen on the London stage in Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2006 she played Nurse Ratched in the West End production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Christian Slater. Recent feature film credits include Sweetland opposite Alan Cummings and Alpha Dog, starring Justin Timberlake.

Rob Ashford has directed and choreographed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. From collaborations with the Donmar Warehouse and National Theatre, to Broadway, Ashford has a string of nominations and awards to his name including an Olivier Award for Anna Christie and nominations for A Streetcar Named Desire and Parade (Donmar Warehouse) and a Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie and nominations for productions including Evita and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also won an Emmy for his choreography at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

★★★★★ The actors inhabit their characters with a raw, crackling intensity. - Sunday Express
★★★★★ From the start this superbly realised, thrilling and chilling production has a filmic fluidity and a hurtling pace. - Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ A Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals. - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ A powerful clear-headed production...packs a hell of a wallop. - Daily Express
★★★★★ The actors inhabit their characters with a raw, crackling intensity. - Sunday Express
★★★★★ From the start this superbly realised, thrilling and chilling production has a filmic fluidity and a hurtling pace. - Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ A Macbeth which will go down as one of the Scottish Play’s great revivals. - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ A powerful clear-headed production...packs a hell of a wallop. - Daily Express

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly
23 APR 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    23 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 45 minutes
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Ermonela JahoCio-Cio-San
    • Marcelo PuenteB.F. Pinkerton
    • Scott HendricksSharpless
    • Elizabeth DeshongSuzuki
  • Creative

    • Giacomo PucciniMusic
    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Moshe LeiserDirector
    • Patrice CaurierDirector

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Royal Opera House.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of
 the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by
 a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings 
the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production.

The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) 
of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria
‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

 

Man and Superman

Man and Superman
18 OCT 2015
11 AM | R100
  • Dates

    18 Oct 2015 - 18 Oct 2015
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours 40 minutes with one interval
  • Cast

    • Ralph FiennesJack Tanner
    • Indira VarmaAnn Whitfield
    • Tim McMullanMendoza / The Devil
  • Creative

    • Simon GodwinDirector
    • Christopher OramDesigner
    • James FarncombeLighting Designer

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

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

★★★★★ Out of this world. Ralph Fiennes flies high as Bernard Shaw’s Superman. - Metro
★★★★ Dazzling. Ralph Fiennes proves his star status. Indira Varma is a triumph. - The Times
★★★★ Astonishing. A masterly performance from Ralph Fiennes, Tim McMullan is supremely funny. - Guardian
★★★★ Ralph Fiennes gives one of the best performances of his career. - Independent
★★★★★ Out of this world. Ralph Fiennes flies high as Bernard Shaw’s Superman. - Metro
★★★★ Dazzling. Ralph Fiennes proves his star status. Indira Varma is a triumph. - The Times
★★★★ Astonishing. A masterly performance from Ralph Fiennes, Tim McMullan is supremely funny. - Guardian
★★★★ Ralph Fiennes gives one of the best performances of his career. - Independent

Marco Spada

Marco Spada
15 JUN 2014
11AM | R100
  • Dates

    15 Jun 2014 - 15 Jun 2014
  • Time

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • David HallbergMarco Spada
    • Evgenia ObraztsovaAngela
    • Olga SmirnovaMarchesa
    • Semyon ChudinPrince Frederici
    • Igor TsvirkoCount Pepinelli
    • Alexei LoparevichFriar Borromeo
    • Andrei SitnikovPrince Osorio
    • Anastasia StashkevichThe Bride
    • Vyacheslav LopatinThe Groom
  • Creative

    • Daniel-François-Esprit AuberMusic
    • Pierre LacotteChoreographer
    • Alexei BogoradMusic Director
    • Pierre LacotteSet & Costumes
    • Damir Ismagilov Lighting Designer

Screened as part of The World Opera & Ballet Season 2013/2014

The bandit Marco Spada cheerfully plunders the surrounding region just under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of his double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is concerned about her love situation. She longs for Prince Federici but is shattered when she discovers she may not be able to marry him...

Recently added to the Bolshoi’s repertoire in November 2013, this rarely presented "swashbuckling" ballet, now sees its rebirth on the stage of the famed theatre. Re-created specifically for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte, Marco Spada is a grandiose and unique ballet both on a technical and dramatic level: complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the Corps de ballet, and even the presence of animals on stage... With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapping heroines, rebellion, and lovers misunderstandings, Marco Spada is a fresh and joyful ballet not to be missed.

Master Harold ... and the Boys

Master Harold ... and the Boys
4 - 30 MARCH 2013
TUE - FRI 8PM | SAT 5 & 8:30 PM | R130-R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    04 Mar 2013 - 30 Mar 2013
  • Time

    TUE - FRI 8PM | SAT 5 & 8:30 PM
  • Price

    R130-R150
  • Cast

    • Alex MiddlebrookHally
    • Tshamano SebeSam
    • Themba MchunuWillie
  • Creative

    • Kim KerfootDirector
    • Julia AnastasopoulosDesign
    • Athol FugardAuthor
    • Eric AbrahamProducer

Produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, Athol Fugard’s masterpiece will open in the Fugard Studio Theatre on the 4th March 2013.

Set in the St. George’s Park tea room in Port Elizabeth on a dreary, wet afternoon in 1950, Master Harold ... and the Boys tells the story of three friends, one a 17 year old white boy and the other two the black servants he has grown up around, whose relationship is put to the test by societal and personal forces. The play devastatingly reveals how racial prejudice, especially legislated racial prejudice, insinuates itself into every social sphere of existence, until the very language of ordinary human discourse begins to reflect the policy that makes black men subservient to the power exercised by white men. As with all of Athol Fugard’s work, the brilliance of Master Harold ... and the Boys lies in that it deals not with political issues, but with individuals, and their struggles for life and happiness in a world that is set up to deny them these basic human rights.

Directed by Kim Kerfoot (Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act) and designed by Julia Anastasopoulos (Champ) Master Harold ... and the Boys will enjoy a limited engagement in the intimate Fugard Studio Theatre from 4 to 30 March.

The troubled teenager, Hally, is played by newcomer Alex Middlebrook, who himself is currently in Grade 11 and comes to the Fugard Theatre by kind agreement with Reddam House. While he has been on stage several times before (Gilbert and Sullivan’s King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and Yeomen of the Guard) Master Harold ... and the Boys marks Alex’s professional debut to the Theatre.

Willie is played by UCT graduate Themba Mchunu (Door, Land of the Cranes) while Sam is played by the celebrated, veteran South African Actor Tshamano Sebe (Green Man Flashing, Jesus Hopped the A Train, District Six the Musical, The Piano Player, Stokvel, Generations). Sebe has previously played the character of Sam for which he won the Fleur du Cap Award for Best Actor in 1999.

Bookings are now open and tickets can be bought through computicket.com or by dialling the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554. There are excellent discounts for learners, students and pensioners. Friends of the Fugard continue to receive great discounts on all Fugard Theatre productions. There is plenty of safe, secure parking across the road from the main entrance of the Fugard Theatre on Caledon Street.

Classic play comes 'home' - Cape Times
sensational ... astounding ... brilliant - Artslink.co.za
**** Trio se skitterspel laat Fugard-stuk herleef - Die Burger
Dynamic, poignant coming of age story - Cape Argus
...touches the hearts of a new generation - Artslink.co.za
Classic play comes 'home' - Cape Times
sensational ... astounding ... brilliant - Artslink.co.za
**** Trio se skitterspel laat Fugard-stuk herleef - Die Burger
Dynamic, poignant coming of age story - Cape Argus
...touches the hearts of a new generation - Artslink.co.za

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure
11 JUN 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    11 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Mariah GaleIsabella
    • Kurt EgyiawanAngelo
    • Dominic RowanDuke Vincentio
    • Joel MacCormackClaudio
  • Creative

    • Dominic DromgooleDirector
    • Jonathan FensomDesign

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

Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, disgusted by the immorality in his city, announces his withdrawal from public life and leaves his deputy, the puritanical Angelo, in charge. Angelo, in his zeal for observing the letter of the law, begins a ruthless programme to stamp out sexual licence, in the course of which he condemns one Claudio to death. Surely Claudio’s virginal sister Isabella, a novice nun seeking mercy for her brother, could not awake the lust of this cold, censorious man?

Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of in exible virtue combine in Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice.

Medea

Medea
19 OCT 2014
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    19 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Cast

    • Helen McCroryMedea
  • Creative

    • Carrie CracknellDirector
    • Tom ScuttDesigner
    • Lucy CarterLighting
    • Lucy GuerinChoreography
    • Gregory ClarkeSound Design

Screened as part of the 2014 & 2015 World Cinema Season

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.
 It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

Helen McCrory’s theatre work includes The Last of the Haussmans, Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the National Theatre; The Late Middle Classes, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse); and As You Like It (West End).  Her extensive film and television work includes Skyfall, Hugo, Leaving, A Little Chaos, Penny Dreadful, The Queen, Harry Potter, Street Life (RTS & Monte Carlo Best Actress Awards), Anna Karenina, The Jury and North Square (Critics’ Circle Award).

Carrie Cracknell’s recent work includes Blurred Lines (National Theatre), A Doll’s House (Young Vic, West End and New York) and Wozzeck (ENO). She is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and an Associate Artist at the Young Vic, and was previously Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre.

Moedertaal

Moedertaal
14 NOV – 2 DEC 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | sat 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R165
  • Dates

    14 Nov 2017 - 02 Dec 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R165
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Sandra Prinsloo
  • Creative

    • Nico ScheepersDirector, Writer, Music

Acclaimed production Moedertaal comes to the Fugard Theatre Studio for a limited run from 14 November to 2 December.

Featuring the theatre dream team of South African icon Sandra Prinsloo, and writer/director Nico Scheepers, Moedertaal comes to Cape Town fresh off the festival circuit where it pulled full houses and standing ovations.

Moedertaal is the next installment in Sandra Prinsloo’s trifecta of one-person plays, started so beautifully with Die Naaimasjien and Oskar en die pienk tannie. And now, Moedertaal, performed by Prinsloo in a raw and moving journey through life, filled with love, honesty and laughter.

“Die kombinasie van Scheepers en Prinsloo is teatergoud” - Ilza Roggeband, Krit.

“Sandra maak teater lewendig en toeganklik” - Alita Steenkamp, Laevelder.

Previously seen on the Fugard Theatre stage in Wie’s bang vir Virginia Woolf and So Ry Miss Daisy, multiple award-winning icon Sandra Prinsloo needs no introduction. Doyenne of the South African stage, she brings a fire to every part that cannot be denied.

Director Nico Scheepers, who also wrote the play and composed the music, is one of the most exciting young theatremakers in South Africa. His acclaimed productions include Wentel with Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Rooivalk (kykNET Fiësta award winner for Best New Afrikaans production and Best Play) and Amper Vrystaat. In 2017 he directed and produced Hemelruim, which enjoyed a hugely successful run in the Fugard Studio Theatre.

Moedertaal is performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles.


Topproduksie Moedertaal kom na die Fugard Studio Teater vir ’n beperkte speelvak vanaf 14 November tot 2 Desember.

Met die teater-droomspan van Suid-Afrikaanse ikoon Sandra Prinsloo, en regisseur Nico Scheepers, kom Moedertaal in Kaapstad aan, vars van die feeskringloop waar dit vol sale en staande ovasies geniet.

Moedertaal is die volgende aflewering in Sandra Prinsloo se driekuns van eepersoon-produksies, so beeldskoon begin met Die Naaimasjien en Oskar en die pienk tannie. En nou, Moedertaal, vertolk deur Prinsloo in ’n rou en hartroerende reis deur die lewe, gevul met liefde, humor en leed.

“Die kombinasie van Scheepers en Prinsloo is teatergoud” - Ilza Roggeband, Krit.

“Sandra maak teater lewendig en toeganklik” - Alita Steenkamp, Laevelder.

Voorheen te sien op die Fugard Teater verhoog in Wie’s bang vir Virginia Woolf en So Ry Miss Daisy, kort veelbekroonde ikoon Sandra Prinsloo geen bekendstelling nie. Doyenne van die Suid Afrikaanse verhoog, sy bring ’n onblusbare vuur na elke rol wat meesleur.

Regisseur Nico Scheepers, wie ook verantwoordelik was vir die teks en die musiek, is een van die mees opwindende jong teatermakers in Suid Afrika. Sy bekroonde produksies sluit in Wentel met Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Rooivalk (kykNET Fiësta wenner vir Beste Nuwe Afrikaanse Produksie en Beste Aanbieding) en Amper Vrystaat. In 2017 behartig hy die regie en vertaling van Hemelruim, wat ongelooflik suksesvol was in die Fugard Studio Teater.

Moedertaal is in Afrikaans met Engelse boskrifte.

 

Monteverdi Part II

Monteverdi Part II
18 Nov 2012 - 02 Dec 2012
6PM
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    18 Nov 2012 - 02 Dec 2012
  • Time

    6PM

The Cape Consort  is returing to the Fugard Theatre continuing its Monteverdi Project which was launched in February this year. Part II of this project is titled Heart / Attack and will once again be presented on 3 consecutive Sunday evenings, 18 and 25 November, as well as 2 December at 18h in the exquisite Sigrid Rausing Studio of the Fugard Theatre.

Conceived as a sequel to the successful Matrix of the Madrigal series presented at the Fugard Theatre earlier this year, Heart / Attack once again features Madrigals by Monteverdi but extends its exploration of dramatic, early Italian repertoire to include works by some of Monteverdi’s contemporaries, such as Barbara Strozzi, Sigismondo d’India and Giovanni Sances. The theme of the new program is the ubiquitous metaphor of love as a kind of warfare (‘All lovers are warriors’) – as well as the depiction of some actual battle scenes with inevitable fatalities and ensuing lamentations. Closely following the beautiful imagery of Renaissance poetry, the vivid musical portrayals of rivalry and allegiance, aggression and agony, as well as tenderness and loss, will once again to be supported by synchronized and animated projections.

This sequel of concerts is also the occasion for the launch of the Cape Consort’s first CD: Matrix of the Madrigal, which documents the group’s first program at the Fugard.

Patrons are invited to meet the musicians on the theatre’s roof-top deck after the show, where drinks will be for sale.

Nastasha Meister and Gavin Minter Live

Nastasha Meister and Gavin Minter Live
20 Apr 2012 - 20 Apr 2012
R100.00
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    20 Apr 2012 - 20 Apr 2012
  • Price

    R100.00

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

    11AM
  • Price

    R100
  • 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

    R100
  • 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.