King Kong Cape Town

King Kong Cape Town
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R280
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    12 Dec 2017 -
  • Time

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

    R130 – R280
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Todd MatshikizaOriginal Music
    • Pat WilliamsLyrics and Original First Draft Book
    • Harry BloomBook
    • Jonathan MunbyDirector
    • William NicholsonRevised Book and Additional Lyrics
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Additional Music and Arrangements
    • Gregory Maqoma
    • Paul WillsSet Design
    • Tim Mitchell
Lighting Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Musical Director
    • Sipumzo Trueman LucwabaMusical Director
    • Mdu Kweyama
Associate Director
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design
    • Richard LothianFight Choreography
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayProducer
    • Lamees AlbertusAssociate Producer
    • Greg KarvellasAssociate Producer
    • Jack Sidey (London)Associate Producer

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After a sold out 6 weeks season at the Fugard, King Kong returns by overwhelming public demand for the end of year holiday season - book your seats today!

For those Capetonians who missed out or who want to return with friends and family, the good news is that the Fugard Theatre has announced a return run for the holiday season from 12 December and bookings are now open through Webtickets or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

More than half a century since the first performance in 1959, the Fugard Theatre’s production of this iconic and historic musical has receivedfive star reviews and rapturous audience responses. King Kong tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini whose self-appointed ring name was "King Kong" to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza.

“The original production of King Kong united audiences of all races – at the height of apartheid - and was a celebration of South African talent,”says Daniel Galloway the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “We have been delighted to see that audiences from all walks of life and across several generations have enjoyed the 2017 production which is itself a celebration of our outstanding local talent.”

The Fugard Theatre’s King Kong is directed by Jonathan Munby who directed the Fugard Theatre's production of A Human Being Died That Night with Noma Dumezweni (the only double Olivier award-winning Southern African actor) amongst many other international productions. Following King Kong Munby directs Sir Ian McKellen in Shakespeare's King Lear for the Chichester Festival in the UK.

The original production featured music by Todd Matshikiza, lyrics and original book by Pat Williams and book by Harry Bloom. The revised book (with additional lyrics) is by Academy award nominated screenwriter and playwright William Nicholson (Shadowlands, Gladiator, Les Miserables, Sarafina, Long Walk to Freedom). South African choreographer star and recent French Legion D’Honneur recipient Gregory Maqoma choreographs King Kong to the irresistible original music of the late great South African composer Todd Matshikiza.

The Fugard Theatre’s production sees Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, Funny Girl, Cabaret) and Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba with additional music and arrangements by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder.

Set design is by Paul Wills (A Human Being Died That Night, Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, West End - Wyndham's Theatre - David Mamet's American Buffalo); Costume design by Birrie le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa, District Six: Kanala); Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell (A Human Being Died That Night; Royal Shakespeare Company's King Lear with Antony Sher - Associate artist RSC/Chichester Festival Theatre) and Sound Design by Mark Malherbe (West Side Story, Funny Girl). The associate director is Mdu Kweyama.

Leading the stellar and all South African cast is actor, singer and dancer Andile Gumbi (The Lion King, isiBaya) in the title role of King Kong. The Fugard Theatre's King Kong cast includes: Sne Dladla, Sanda Shandu, Tshamano Sebe and Ntambo Rapatla.

Also performing with the ensemble are Sabelo Radebe, Joel Zuma, Athenkozi Mfamela, Shalom Zamisa, Sibusiso Mxosana, Aphiwe Menziwa, Namisa Mdlalose, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Lungelwa Mdekazi, Barileng Malebye, Edith Plaatjies, Rushney Ferguson and Given Mkhize.

A live 9-piece band, under the direction of Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba, accompanies the action at every performance.


★★★★★ King Kong enchants - Die Burger
★★★★★ A knockout success - City Press
★★★★ An electric, riveting and astounding reinvention ... This triumphant production enchants and uplifts - Cape Argus
Gregory Maqoma’s choreography is simply magnificent - Daily Maverick
A knockout ... a tribute to South Africa’s performance arts legacy - Whats On In Cape Town
Beautifully staged, impeccably performed piece of work, bubbling with vitality and sparkling with talent - Weekend Special
King Kong is a theatrical treat, and something to treasure and celebrate - Theatre Scene Cape Town

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love
FROM 10 OCT 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R320
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R320
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Language

  • Cast

    • Dylan Edy
    • Roxane Hayward
    • Robyn Scott
    • Jason K. Ralph
    • John Maytham
    • Nicholas Pauling
    • Theo Landey
    • Darron Araujo
    • Mark Elderkin
    • Lucy Tops
    • Adrian Collins
    • Walter van Dyk
    • Louis Viljoen
    • Nathan Lynn
    • Bianca Flanders
    • Sven Ruygrok
    • Andrew Roux
    • Sizo Mahlangu
    • Lamar Bonhomme
    • Rachel Mertens
    • Bogart
  • 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

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production (and South African premiere) of Shakespeare in Love from 10 October 2017 at the Fugard Theatre. Written by Lee Hall and adapted from the Academy Award-winning (1999) screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, the comedy ran for an extended sold out season at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in London in 2014.

This South African premiere features 20 actors, and a dog, and is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, CHAMP).

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block ... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he is 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. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Shakespeare in Love features Dylan Edy (New Boy, Hamlet, Origins) as Will Shakespeare; Roxane Hayward (Blood Drive, Saints and Strangers) as Viola de Lesseps and includes Cape Talk’s John Maytham as Fennyman.

Multiple award-winner Robyn Scott (London Road, Elizabeth - Almost By Chance a Woman) stars as Queen Elizabeth and Jason K. Ralph (The Phantom of the Opera (World Tour), Chicago) as Lord Wessex; Lamar Bonhomme (Cheers to Sarajevo, Tshihumbudzo) as Robin; Bianca Flanders (District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa) as Mistress Quickly; Theo Landey (The Play That Goes Wrong; The History Boys) as Marlowe; Nicholas Pauling (The Father, A Steady Rain, Clybourne Park) as Ned Allen; Sven Ruygrok (The Mother, Epstein, Spud) as Sam and Mark Elderkin (Twelfth Night, CHAMP) as Burbage.

Completing the ensemble are Lucy Tops (Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Show, Bar None) as Nurse; Nathan Lynn (Raiders: The Musical, Pride and Prejudice) as John Webster; Louis Viljoen (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Frontiersmen) as Mr Wabash; Darron Araujo (Champ, The Taming of the Shrew) as Henslowe; Adrian Collins (Bench, King Lear) as Ralph; Sizo Mahlangu (Otello) as Lambert; Walter van Dyk (Arms and the Man [Watford Palace Theatre UK], A Flea in her Ear [Old Vic Theatre] UK) as Tilney; Andrew Roux (Wit, Macbeth) as Nol and Rachel Mertens.

Set Design is by Paul Wills (King Kong, A Human Being Died That Night), Costume Design by Birrie Le Roux (King Kong, Funny Girl, West Side Story) with Lighting Design by Wolf Britz (Die Seemeeu; Wie's Bang vir Virginia Woolf?), Sound Design by David Classen (District Six Kanala) with Resident Musical Director of the Fugard Theatre Charl Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, King Kong, Funny Girl, Cabaret) and Choreography by Kristin Wilson (Salome, Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Shakespeare in Love has a recommended age restriction of 13 years or older.


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.




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