Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love
FROM 14 AUG 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R150 – R350
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    14 Aug 2018 -
  • Time

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

    R150 – R350
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Language

  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Marc NormanWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Tom StoppardWriter, Original Screenplay
    • Lee HallWriter, Stage adaptation
    • Paddy CunneenMusic
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Lamees AlbertusAssociate Producer
    • Georgia LahusenJunior Associate Producer
    • Paul WillsSet Designer
    • Chris PienaarAssociate Set Designer
    • Wolf BritzLighting Designer
    • Wolf BritzLighting Design
    • Kristin WilsonChoreography
    • Sound Designer, Sound Systems TechDavid Classen
    • Jon KeevyFight Choreographer
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Sourcing and Styling
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Sourcing and Styling
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Supervisor
    • Jill StephensDog Handler
    • Gerhard MorkelSet Construction
    • Carl GersbachSet Construction
    • Eloise MilwardScenic Painting

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall and based on the 1998 Oscar winning film of the same title.

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is until he finds his muse - Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.

Significant Other

Significant Other
FROM 30 MAY 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R140 – R250
The Fugard Theatre
  • Time

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

    R140 – R250
  • Cast

    • Gabriel MeltzJordan
    • Dominique MaherKiki
    • Lesoko SeabeVanessa
    • Lucy TopsLaura
    • Michèle MaxwellHelene
    • Roberto KyleGideon, Evan, Rodger
    • Ryan de VilliersWill, Conrad, Tony
  • Creative

    • Joshua HarmonWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Wolf BritzSet Design, Lighting Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

The Fugard Theatre’s South African premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Broadway hit Significant Other.

From the writer of the West End smash hit comedy Bad Jews, which enjoyed sold out runs in Johannesburg and Cape Town, comes a Fugard Theatre production of Joshua Harmon’s Broadway success Significant Other.

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production and South African premiere of Significant Other. The play opens on 30 May in the Fugard Theatre and is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Road to Mecca, Shakespeare in Love, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, CHAMP).

Jordan Berman is desperately looking for Mr Right… but he is getting it all wrong.

The New York Times hailed Significant Other as one of its Top Ten Productions of 2015, with critic Charles Isherwood commenting ‘an absolutely wonderful new play. Entirely delightful, richly funny and heart-stirring’.

Other high praise includes ‘…bittersweet comic delight…See it, and bring a date if you can. You’ll want a hand to hold’ (Time Out), ‘strikes the perfect balance between comedy and pathos — with the emphasis on comedy’ (Variety) and ‘hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right’ (Hollywood Reporter).

Significant Other follows Jordan and his three closest friends as they navigate love, friendship and New York in their twenty-something years. Jordan is single, and finding Mr. Right is much easier said than done. While surrounding himself with his close group of girlfriends, it comes to pass that the only thing harder than looking for love is supporting the loved ones around him as they pair off and embark on their journey of marriage.

The all South African cast features Gabriel Meltz (Murdering Agatha Christie, Somber Pines) as Jordan, Dominique Maher (The Rocky Horror Show, Pride and Prejudice) as Kiki, Lesoko Seabe (Clybourne Park, Siembamba) as Vanessa, Lucy Tops (Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Show) as Laura, Michèle Maxwell (Cabaret, Present Laughter, Funny Girl) as Helene with Roberto Kyle (Aunty Merle the Musical, Knapsekêrels) and Ryan de Villiers (Measure Up, Outlander) completing the line-up.

Set Design and Lighting Design is by Wolf Britz (Die Seemeeu; Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?), Costume Design by Widaad Albertus (The Demon Bride, The Eulogists) and Sound Design is by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (King Kong, West Side Story).

“Joshua Harmon once again uses his razor sharp wit and eagled eyed observation to bring us another hilarious, poignant and sensitive story about something we can all relate to – the journey of finding love and how we react when our friends around us find it first,”says Daniel Galloway, the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “We are proud to be presenting another South African premiere of this exceptional playwright’s work, brought to the stage by an all-South African cast and creative team.”

Media comments about the production have included:

‘an absolutely wonderful new play. Entirely delightful, richly funny and heart-stirring’ - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

‘strikes the perfect balance between comedy and pathos — with the emphasis on comedy…the wonder of his humor is that, while it reflects a youthful sensibility, his clever jokes appeal to all ages.’- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

‘hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right…From the tart comedy of the early scenes, peppered with smart one-liners, droll pop-culture references and savvy social observations, to the emotionally piercing later developments, Significant Other is consistently pleasurable, funny-sad entertainment that represents a strong follow-up for Harmon to his widely produced earlier hit, Bad Jews.’– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

‘A bittersweet comic delight…See it, and bring a date if you can. You’ll want a hand to hold. ’ - Adam Feldman, Time Out

Significant Other is both a good night out — a show ideal for a Friday night with pals after a few drinks — and a quite sophisticated exploration of the complex and changing dynamic between gay men and the women who love them. A black comedy about a painful transition that hits many of us urbanites in our late 20s or early 30s and goes a long way toward explaining why weddings can be such fraught affairs for anyone stuck in a tux or matching crinoline– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Significant Other is a slick, well-made, funny-sad new Broadway comedy’ – Linda Winer, Newsday

The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season

The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season
FROM 4 FEB 2018
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    04 Feb 2018 -
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price


Now in its seventh successful year, the Fugard Bioscope has compiled a captivating line up for the 2018 season, starting on 4 February with the Academy Award winning Ida produced by Fugard Theatre founder Eric Abraham.

The Bioscope presents screenings of the world’s best recorded live theatre, opera and ballet productions to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat and on the Fugard’s full size high definition cinema screen with a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system.

Productions staged by companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Bolshoi Ballet and Young Vic are filmed live, transporting you directly into the heart of the action on stage.

“We have put together an exciting programme that combines perennial classic dramas such as the National Theatre’s productions of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with newer plays such as Young Marx, a comedy from the same creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Rory Kinnear,” says Greg Karvellas, Resident Director and General Manager of the Fugard Theatre. “There’s also the ‘shatteringly powerful’ Yerma for which Billie Piper won 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actress and Yaël Farber’s hypnotic, visually compelling interpretation of Salomé.”

Ballet lovers are spoilt for choice with offerings from the Bolshoi Ballet including Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and The Flames of Paris as well as the Royal Ballet productions of A Winter’s Tale, Manon and their Bernstein Centenary. Highlights for opera aficionados include Tosca and Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House. Stephen Sondheim fans will be delighted to hear the Bioscope will be screening the National Theatre’s spectacular production of Follies,directed by Dominic Cooke.

Kicking off the season on 4 February is Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film Ida. Orphaned as an infant during the German occupation of World War ll, Ida must now meet her aunt. The former Communist state prosecutor and only surviving relative tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two women embark on a road trip into the Polish countryside to learn the fate of their family. “An immaculate, miraculous masterwork” (The London Telegraph).

The Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Rigoletto will be screened on 11 February. Directed by David McVicar, the production highlights the cruelty at the heart of this tragic opera. Featuring dark, Renaissance-inspired set and costume designs, the staging creates the shocking and insidious world within which this gripping tale unfolds. Conducted by Alexander Joel and featuring Dimitri Platanias in the title role.

The February programme continues on 18 February with the Bolshoi Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, staged by Alexei Ratmansky with a dramatic urgency and fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic story of the star-crossed lovers.  

Rounding off the month’s line up on 25 February is Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. This brand new comedy comes from the same creative team behind One Man, Two Guvnors and stars Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear directed by Nicholas Hytner.Based on true events from the time when Karl Marx lived in Soho, London, this historical comedy has been hailed “A seriously clever comedy. Riotous fun.” (The Times).

Screenings are presented in full digital high-definition and surround-sound in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre.

2018 Schedule



4 February 2018
 Oscar Winner: Best Foreign Language Film 2014

11 February 2018

The Royal Opera House
18 February 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
25 February 2018
The National Theatre
4 March 2018
The Royal Opera House
11 March 2018
The National Theatre
8 April 2018
The Royal Ballet
15 April 2018
The National Theatre
22 April 2018
The Royal Ballet
29 April 2018
The National Theatre
6 May 2018
The National Theatre
13 May 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
10 June 2018
The Royal Ballet
17 June 2018
The National Theatre
24 June 2018
The Bolshoi Ballet
1 July 2018
The National Theatre


(The schedule is subject to change and further additions will be made)

The Fugard Theatre Bioscope screenings have proven very popular amongst the Fugard Theatre audiences with record attendances since the first season in 2011 and continued growing support.



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