Charl-Johan Lingenfelder Musical Director and Arrangements
Grant van SterChoreography
Shelley AdriaanzenResident Director
Saul Radomsky Set Design
Widaad Albertus Costume Design
Gerda KrugerLighting Design
David ClassenSound Design
Claude BarnardoVideo Design
Benjamin du PlessisVideo Mapping and Programming
Chris PienaarAssociate Set Design
Marie RouxAssociate Lighting Design
Siphelo MtshetshaDirecting Intern
He was white. She was not. They broke the law to dance. Langarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer, will be presented at the Fugard Theatre for the festive season from 20 November.
This proudly South African brand new David Kramer musical, is performed in English.
Produced and presented by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.
In 1965 when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew Jeff whose fiancé has just dumped him to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets the lovely, young ballroom dancer Angelina, and when she asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships, he sees it as an opportunity to humiliate his ex. Aware that he’ll risk arrest by flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees.
Jeff decides to rejuvenate the hotel by offering langarm dances. When Eddie Jephta the leader of the Moonlight Serenaders langarm band comes to play at The Canterbury Hotel, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.
“I have been wanting for many years to do a musical inspired by the langarm-ballroom bands from this time,” says David Kramer. “I grew up watching my parents dancing to the music of these bands, and Langarm pays homage to the likes of the Johnny Lyners Blue Moon Jazz Band and Willie’s Starlite Orchestra.”
“We are proud to be collaborating on our fifth production with David Kramer following the success of District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers and Kat and the Kings,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.
Langarm is written and directed by David Kramer. The stellar creative team includes Musical Arrangements by Resident Musical Director of the Fugard Theatre Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, King Kong, Funny Girl). Set Design is by Saul Radomsky (The Road to Mecca, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala), Lighting Design is by Gerda Kruger (The Music of Queen, Le Nozze di Figaro), Sound Design is by David Classen (Shakespeare In Love, Significant Other), Costume Design is by Widaad Albertus (Significant Other, The Demon Bride, The Eulogists) and Choreography is by Grant van Ster (Aunty Merle the Musical, Calling Us Home, Figure of Eight Dance Collective).
Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 3pm. From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 3pm. There will be a Monday night performance at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018 also at 8pm. Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com. There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.
A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.
Following previous sold out performances, Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre present a series of intimate Solo Piano Concerts by global music icon and South African legend Abdullah Ibrahim. The concerts will take place from 15 to 20 January 2019 in The Fugard Studio Theatre.
Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected musician. His career spans nearly seventy years, which all began in Kensington and District Six at the age of seven.
Mr Ibrahim was announced last year as one of the 2019 Jazz Masters being honored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the USA. Since 1982, the NEA has recognised artists who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Mr Ibrahim’s work will be celebrated in a ceremony at the Kennedy Centre in the USA in April 2019.
Following Mr Ibrahim’s 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’.
“This is a rare and limited opportunity to experience the magic of Abdullah Ibrahim’s music in the intimate setting of The Fugard Studio Theatre,” says Daniel Galloway, Managing Director of The Fugard Theatre. “Tickets to his performances always sell out so I urge you to book swiftly for these solo piano concerts.” Mr Ibrahim will perform his series of Solo Piano Concerts at The Fugard Studio Theatre from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 January 2019 at 8pm with matinees at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
There is a 20% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members to the performances on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 January only, and a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students for all performances in the season. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office. Not yet a Friends of the Fugard member? Sign up now at the box office or online for priority booking and great specials!
Wheelchair access to The Fugard Studio is limited and requires assisted entrance which can be arranged in advance with the Theatre.
Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from The Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar. There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite The Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.
For more information on Abdullah Ibrahim’s upcoming events, visit his website: www.abdullahibrahim.co.za
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