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 21 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.