District Six – Kanala

District Six – Kanala
MUST CLOSE 26 FEB 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R220
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    22 Nov 2016 -
  • Time

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

    R130 – R220
  • Cast

    • Loukmaan Adams
    • Anray Amansure
    • Kashiefa Blaauw
    • Carlo Daniels
    • Sne Dladla
    • Bianca Flanders
    • Natasha Hess
    • Carmen Maarmen
    • Edith Plaatjies
    • Cleo Raatus
    • Marcelle AdamsTrumpet
    • Ashwin Don John FilanderBass
    • Anthon MannelDrums
    • Dylan RomanBand Leader, Keys & Synth
    • Angelo SysterGuitar
    • August van der WesthuizenSaxaphone
  • Creative

    • David KramerCreator, Director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Aki KhanSound Design
    • Alistair IzobelMusical Director

David Kramer’s District Six – Kanala returns to The Fugard Theatre for the festive season.

District Six – Kanala, created by David Kramer to commemorate the declaration of District Six as a “whites only” group area in 1966, returns to the historic Fugard Theatre in District Six in November. This musical, produced by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, opened precisely 50 years to the day after the Group Areas Act declared District Six as a "whites only” area and played to capacity for 5 months.

“I am truly honoured by the heartfelt response to Kanala that we received from the local community. I know that Taliep would have been thrilled to have his work showcased in a theatre in Caledon Street, which was once part of District Six.” – David Kramer

District Six – Kanala celebrates and recreates some of the vibrant musical culture that was part of 1960's District Six. Popular music that reverberated through Hanover Street, the Star Bioscope, the Tafelberg Hotel, the La Fiesta, the Drill and City Hall and the Green Point Track is exuberantly recreated by a fabulously talented cast.

Returning to reprise their roles this season are Loukmaan Adams (District Six the Musical, Kat and the Kings), Carmen Maarmen (Ghoema, Madame Zingara), Carlo Daniels (Some Like It Vrot, Orpheus in Africa), Natasha Hess (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa), Sne Dladla (2016 Fleur De Cap Winner for Orpheus in Africa), Edith Plaatjies (Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa), Kashiefa Blaauw (Remembering The Lux) and Cleo Raatus (Black Dog, The Fall). The Fugard Theatre welcomes Anray Amansure who will play the role of the Narrator.

Most of the songs featured in District Six – Kanala were written by David Kramer and his partner, the late Taliep Petersen. Evergreens such as The Seven Steps of Stone, Lonely Girl, Sexy Boys, Mavis and It’s New Year. There are also traditional songs and new Kramer compositions such as the 11th of February, Cowboy and Vandag Issie Dag.

The performers are supported by a live six piece band, under the leadership of Dylan Roman and the guidance of Musical Director Alistair Izobell. The set is designed by Saul Radomsky, Costumes by Birrie le Roux, Sound design is by Aki Khan and Lighting design is by Daniel Galloway and Benjamin du Plessis. Video Projection Design and Mapping is by Daniel Manners and Benjamin du Plessis.

After an astounding sold out run earlier this year, this highly entertaining and heartfelt tribute to the memory of District Six, District Six – Kanala returns to The Fugard Theatre from the 22 November 2016 for the summer season.

The Family of Four Special for the first four Thursdays of the run is available from the Fugard Theatre Box Office only. There are also excellent discounts for pensioners and group bookings when booking through the theatre’s box office.

Superb ... Kanala is a slick production; the performances, the set, the music all achieve a standard that The Fugard has become renowned for. - The Cape Times
Nothing less than brilliant - bruinou.com
A slick, seamless and fast-paced celebration - The Daily Maverick
Dis die hart en siel van D6 - Die Burger
It delivers, over and over. Loud and vibrant, filled with song, dance, lots of laughter and the heartbreak of losing your home, it’s a perfect celebration of the people who lived in District Six and their music. - What's On In Cape Town
Superb ... Kanala is a slick production; the performances, the set, the music all achieve a standard that The Fugard has become renowned for. - The Cape Times
Nothing less than brilliant - bruinou.com
A slick, seamless and fast-paced celebration - The Daily Maverick
Dis die hart en siel van D6 - Die Burger
It delivers, over and over. Loud and vibrant, filled with song, dance, lots of laughter and the heartbreak of losing your home, it’s a perfect celebration of the people who lived in District Six and their music. - What's On In Cape Town

West Side Story Joburg 2017

West Side Story Joburg 2017
24 JAN– 5 MAR 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM | R190 – R470
The Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre)
  • Dates

    24 Jan 2017 - 05 Mar 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 3 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
  • Price

    R190 – R470
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

    • Jonathan RoxmouthTony
    • Lynelle KennedMaria
    • Christopher JafthaBernardo
    • Filipa van EckMaria
    • Bianca le GrangeAnita
    • Stephen JubberRiff
    • Daniel BuysAction (24 Jan – 18 Feb)
    • Grant AlmirallAction (19 Feb – 5 Mar)
    • Grant AlmirallAction
    • Sven–Eric MüllerDiesel
    • Cameron BothaSnowboy
    • Clive GilsonKeaton Ditchfield
    • LJ NeilsonAnybody's
    • Elzanne CrauseMinnie
    • Matthew BerryBaby John
    • Kristin WilsonGraziella
    • Tamryn van HoutenVelma
    • Reg HartA-rab
    • Caitlin ClerkPauline
    • Adrian GalleyDoc
    • Craig UrbaniSchrank, Glad Hand
    • Brendan MurrayKrupke (24 Jan – 12 Feb)
    • Richard LothianKrupke (14 Feb – 5 Mar)
    • Zolani ShangaseChino
    • Carlo McFarlanePepe
    • Duane WilliamsIndio
    • Thami NjokoLuis
    • Tevin Wiener Toro
    • Sabelo RadebeNibbles
    • Kirsten Murphy RossiterRosalia
    • Chloe PerlingConsuela
    • Sarah-Ann van der MerweFrancisca
    • Natasha HessEstella
    • Ipeleng MerafeTeresita
    • Tamryn van HoutenVelma
    • Sibusiso MxosanaMale Swing
    • Gemma TrehearnFemale Swing
    • Nurit GraffFemale Swing
    • JP RossouwMale Swing
  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director and Conductor
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Joshua CuttsLighting Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

The Fugard Theatre's smash hit musical West Side Story, heads to Johannesburg by overwhelming popular demand.

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s grand-scale, smash hit, all South African production of West Side Story will be presented at the Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre) by popular demand from 24 January 2017.

West Side Story ended a staggeringly successful, sold-out run at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town in 2015, and was the Fugard Theatre’s first out-of-house production, five years on from the theatre's official launch in 2010.     

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre, the creators and producers of other outstanding runaway Fugard Theatre hits like The Rocky Horror Show, Kat & the Kings, Orpheus in AfricaCabaret and District – Six Kanala, have created a phenomenal 100% South African production on an unprecedented grand-scale that left audiences mesmerised night after night in its debut season.

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim’s musical theatre masterpiece, is based on an original conception of Jerome Robbins and is arguably one of the world’s greatest musicals. The stellar creative team is headed by Matthew Wild (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl) as director, Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl) as musical director and conductor, and choreographer Louisa Talbot (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

The Fugard Theatre team has selected the finest South African talent for this production that first premiered on Broadway in New York in 1957. The superb cast of 40 is backed by a full Philharmonic Orchestra playing Bernstein's magnificent score that includes iconic songs such as "Something's Coming", “Maria”, "I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight”.  

Reprising their roles as Tony, Maria and Bernardo respectively, will be Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winners Jonathan Roxmouth (Topsy Turvy, A Handful of Keys, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera) as Tony and Lynelle Kenned (Orpheus in Africa, Showboat, The Sound of Music) as Maria and Christopher Jaftha (The Sleeping Beauty, High School Musical) as Bernardo. Sharing the title role once more with Ms. Kenned will be the London-based actress and opera singer Filipa van Eck (Carmen, L’Aggripina) who will perform the role of Maria twice a week. Bianca le Grange (Blood Brothers, District Six – Kanala, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) returns to reprise her role of Anita. Craig Urbani (Chicago, Peter Pan, Binnelanders) plays Shrank and Gladhand. Adrian Galley (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret), returns as Doc. Brendan Murray (Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet) will perform the role of Krupke alternating with Richard Lothian (An Absolute Turkey, Taming of the Shrew) who will once again be the fight choreographer.

The Jets gang is led once again by Fleur du Cap nominee Stephen Jubber (AnnieShowboat) as Riff, backed by a superb cast that includes Daniel Buys (Cabaret, Saturday Night Fever) and Grant Almirall (Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys) as Action. Mr. Buys will perform the role of Action from 24 January to 18 February 2017 and Mr. Almirall will perform the role from 19 February to 5 March 2017. Sven–Eric Müller (The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret) is Diesel, Cameron Botha (Singin’ in the RainSweeney Todd) is Snowboy, Keaton Ditchfield (Starlight Express, Pirates of Penzance) is Big Deal, LJ Neilson (Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing) plays Anybody’s, Elzanne Crause (Queen at the Ballet, The Phantom of the Opera) is Minnie, Kristin Wilson (So You Think You Can Dance, Private Presley) is Graziella, Tamryn van Houten (Private Presley) is Velma and Caitlin Clerk (Sister Act, Showboat) plays Pauline.

Christopher Jaftha, now a well-known Top Billing presenter, leads the Sharks as Bernardo, with Zolani Shangase (The Lion KingOrpheus in Africa) as Chino, Carlo McFarlane (Footloose- The Musical, A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits) as Pepe, Duane Williams (Honey 3Cinderella: If the Shoe Fits) as Indio, Thami Njoko (Swan Lake) as Luis, Tevin Wiener (Honey 3) as Toro, Sabelo Radebe (Peter Pan) as Nibbles, Kirsten Rossiter (GreaseJersey Boys) as Rosalia, Chloe Perling (The Rocky Horror ShowCabaret) as Consuela, Sarah-Ann van der Merwe (Reik Na Die Sterre) as Francisca, Natasha Hess (District Six Kanala, Orpheus in Africa) as Estella and A Voice, Ipeleng Merafe (Swan LakeA Thousand Shepherds) as Teresita.  JP Rossouw (Shrek the Musical, Liefling), Sibusiso Mxosana (Spartacus of Africa, Spring and Fall), Gemma Trehearn (Iris Warriors, A Thousand Shepherds)  and Nurit Graff (Dirty Dancing, Showboat) complete the talented line up of remarkable performers.
complete the talented line up of remarkable performers.

Inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, the tale is set in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in New York City in the mid-1950s. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two street gangs of different backgrounds. The members of the Sharks are taunted by the Jets. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and the focus on social conflict marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

West Side Story is a must-see that is guaranteed to be a highlight on Johannesburg's 2017 theatre calendar. 
Given the anticipation about this stellar musical and how the Cape Town season sold out, advance booking is highly recommended. The producers recommend an age restriction of 12 years with parental guidance.

 

 

 

★★★★ A SA success story - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
Roxmouth and Kenned dazzle - The Cape Times
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet
★★★★ A SA success story - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
Roxmouth and Kenned dazzle - The Cape Times
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet

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

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.

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