Athol Fugard se Playland

Athol Fugard se Playland
23 JAN - 15 FEB 2014
TUE - SAT 8PM | R120 - R150
  • Time

    TUE - SAT 8PM
  • Price

    R120 - R150
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 min
  • Language

    Afrikaans
  • Cast

    • Albert PretoriusGideon le Roux
    • Mbulelo GrootboomMartinus Zoeloe
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardPlaywright
    • Albert MaritzDirector
    • Saartjie BothaTranslator
    • Set and LightingAlbert Maritz
    • Set Construction and DetailingKoos Marais and Gaerin Hauptfleish
    • Costume DesignKoos Marais
    • Production ManagerJohann Kupferburger
    • Stage ManagerGaerin Hauptfleish
    • Surtitle OperatorShayna Gleave

Die Fugard Teater en die Suidoosterfees bied met trots aan Playland deur Athol Fugard, geborg deur Naspers

As deel van die 2014 Suidoosterfees. Opgevoer in Afrikaans met Engelse onderskrifte.

Die 2014 Suidoosterfees spog met ‘n toneelstuk wat deur een van die reuse in die Suid-Afrikaanse teater en film, John Kani, beskryf is as: “Die eerste versoenings produksie opgevoer in Suid-Afrika”.

Athol Fugard se kragtige tweespel Playland word in Afrikaans opgevoer, met Engelse onderskrifte, by die Fugard Studio Teater van 23 Januarie tot 15 Februarie 2014.
 
Saartjie Botha het die teks vertaal en Albert Maritz hanteer die regie. Die produksie sluit in Mbulelo Grootboom en Albert Pretorius.

Athol Fugard word wyd erken as een van Suid-Afrika se grootste lewende dramaturge wat oor baie dekades ‘n betekenisvolle bydrae tot die kulturele landskap van Suid-Afrikaanse teater gemaak het. Verskeie van sy werke het plaaslik en internasionaal lof ingeoes. In 2011 is Athol Fugard in New York vereer met ‘n Tony-toekenning vir sy lewenslange bydrae.

Oor Athol Fugard sê regisseur Albert Maritz “sy werk is gevul met simbole; ’n digterlike spieël eenvoudig uitgevat as ‘n storie, met ryk, betekenisvolle karakters.”

Fugard self beskryf Playland as "die mees emosioneel uitputtende toneelstuk wat ek ooit geskryf het".

Playland vertel die verhaal wanneer twee teenoorgesteldes in ’n bloedige oorlog byeen gebring word.

Dit is Oujaarsaand 1990 wanneer Gideon le Roux (Albert Pretorius – Long Walk to Freedom, 3 Little Pigs, Balbesit, Thom Pain), ’n oud-dienspligtige, effens onder die invloed, vir Martinus Zoeloe (Mbulelo Grootboom – White Wedding, Stokvel, Burnt) by ’n skougrond êrens in die platteland ontmoet. Martinus is die sekerheidswag by die skou. Sy donker geheime is sekuur weg gesluit, of só dink hy . . .

Gideon het seer wat hy diep binne hom dra. Hy is die produk van sy tyd, met potensiaal om ’n simpatieke mens te wees.

Martinus is ’n kryger, ’n gentleman, ’n goeie eggenoot, en ’n swart man gedurende ’n donker periode in die Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis.

Dit word geplaas in ’n tyd in ons land toe dinge – op ’n ander manier as vandag – nie was wat die moes wees nie.

Regisseur Albert Maritz het groot geword in radio studios, agter verhoë en in sy pa se donker kamer, besig om rolletjies film te ontwikkel. Hy het ’n onderwyser geword, ’n akteur, ’n regisseur en ’n vervaardiger van vernuwende werk; altyd met sy eenvoudige maar treffende beligtingsontwerp wat in die vertoning verweef is. Hy gebruik sy unieke styl om nuwe lewe in klassieke Afrikaanse teater te blaas, insluitend Faan se Trein (KKNK en Aardklop – Gewildste Produksie in 2005), Faan se Stasie (KKNK, Aardklop, Innibos, Artscape en Durbanville 2006), Taraboemdery (Innibos Beste Kunstenaar 2010), 'n Seder val in Waterkloof (Innibos – Gewildste Produksie 2011), Mooi Maria (Aardklop Beste Regisseur, Beste Aktrise, Beste Afrikaanse Produksie 2011), Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (Fleur du Cap Beste Regisseur, Beste Akteur en Gewildste Produksie 2011), en mees onlangs Die Van Aardes van Grootoor (Innibos, KKNK en Durbanville). Hy verskyn in films teenoor internasionale sterre maar as akteur is hy bekend as Herman in die TV-reekse Konings en Torings, en vir die advertensie met ’n olifantslurp om sy nek.

Kaartjies is beskikbaar by die Fugard Teater se kaartjieskantoor by 021 461 4554 of by Computicket.com. Friends of the Fugard kry weer uitstekende afslag wanneer kaartjies deur die kaartjieskantoor bespreek word.

Daar is oorgenoeg veilige parkering vir teatergangers by Harringtonplein in Caledonstraat. As die weer saamspeel is daar ‘n lieflike dakkroeg met ’n uitsig van 360-grade oor die stad en berg – oop vóór en ná elke vertoning.

 


 

The Fugard Theatre and the Suidoosterfees proudly present Athol Fugard’s Playland, sponsored by Naspers

As part of the 2014 Suidoosterfees. Performed in Afrikaans with English Surtitles.

The 2014 Suidoosterfees boasts a play, which South African Theatre and Film great John Kani once described as “The first reconciliation production performed in South-Africa”.

Athol Fugard's powerful two-hander Playland will be performed, in Afrikaans with English surtitles, at the Fugard Studio Theatre, from 23 January – 15 February 2014.

Saartjie Botha has translated the script, and Albert Maritz will direct the production. The production features Mbulelo Grootboom and Albert Pretorius.

Athol Fugard is widely regarded as South Africa’s greatest living playwright who, for many decades, has been contributing significantly to the cultural landscape of South African Theatre. A multitude of his works has garnered local and international acclaim. In 2011 Athol Fugard was honoured internationally when he received a Life Time Achievement Award at the Tony’s in New York.  

Of Athol Fugard, director Albert Maritz says “his work is filled with symbols; a poetic mirror simply dressed as a story, with rich, meaningful characters”.

Fugard himself describes Playland as "the most emotionally exhausting play I have ever written".

Playland depicts what happens when the two extreme opposites in a bloody war are brought within reach of each other.

It is New Year's Eve in 1990 when Gideon le Roux, played by Albert Pretorius (Long Walk to Freedom, 3 Little Pigs, Balbesit, Thom Pain), an ex-national serviceman who is slightly inebriated, meets Martinus Zoeloe, played by Mbulelo Grootboom (White Wedding, Stokvel, Burnt) at a fairground in the country. Martinus is the security guard at the fair. His dark secrets were securely locked away, or at least this is what he thought ... 

Gideon is a damaged man who carries deep hurt. He is a product of his time, with much potential of being a compassionate human being.

Martinus is a warrior, a gentleman, a good husband, and a black man during a dark period in South Africa’s history.

All of this is set during a time in our Country when things were - in a different way than today - not what they should have been.

Director Albert Maritz grew up in radio studios, behind stages and in his dad's dark room developing rolls of film. He became a teacher, an actor, a director and a producer of progressive work; always with his simple, but effective lighting designs woven into the shows. He involves his unique style to breathe new life into classical Afrikaans works of the past, such as Faan se Trein (KKNK and Aardklop - Most popular production 2005), Faan se Stasie (KKNK, Aardklop, Innibos, Artscape and Durbanville 2006), Taraboemdery (Innibos Best Artist 2010), 'n Seder val in Waterkloof (Innibos -  Most popular production 2011), Mooi Maria (Aardklop Best director, Best actress, Best Afrikaans production 2011), Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (Fleur du Cap Best director, Best Actor en Most popular production 2011), and most recently Die Van Aardes van Grootoor (Innibos, KKNK and Durbanville). He appears in films opposite international film stars, but as an actor he is best known as Herman in the TV series' Konings and Torings, and for the commercial with the trunk of an elephant around his neck.

Playland tickets are available through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or Computicket.com. Friends of the Fugard receive the usual excellent discounts when booking through the box office.

There is plenty of secure parking for patrons on Harrington Square on Caledon Street and when the weather allows the stunning rooftop terrace bar, with its 360 degree view of the city and mountain, is open before and after each performance.

Pretorius shines in Fugard two-hander - Cape Argus
Every South African should see this play - mondaymissile.co.za
Earlike toneelspel en treffende inhoud - litnet.co.za
Pretorius shines in Fugard two-hander - Cape Argus
Every South African should see this play - mondaymissile.co.za
Earlike toneelspel en treffende inhoud - litnet.co.za

Athol Fugard's The Shadow of the Hummingbird

Athol Fugard's The Shadow of the Hummingbird
RETURNS FROM 27 – 30 AUG 2014
WED - FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 - R150
  • Dates

    27 Aug 2014 - 30 Aug 2014
  • Time

    WED - FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 - R150
  • Duration

    1 hour
  • Cast

    • Athol FugardOupa
    • Marviantoz BakerBoba
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardDirector
    • Paula FourieCo-Director
    • Mannie ManimLighting
    • Saul RadomskySet and Costume
    • James WebbSound

After sold out seasons in Cape Town and Joburg, The Shadow of the Hummingbird enjoys three performances at Bloemfontein’s Andre Huguenet Theatre this week. The production then returns to the Fugard Studio for its very last 5 performances. All performances for the return season at the Fugard Theatre are SOLD OUT and all waiting lists have been closed.

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present the South African premiere of The Shadow of the Hummingbird, written by, starring and directed by Athol Fugard, with an introductory scene by Paula Fourie.

Following his recent South African premieres at the Fugard Theatre, including The Train Driver (2010), The Bird Watchers (2011), The Blue Iris (2012) and Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (2012), and the World premieres of the Afrikaans productions of Die Kaptein se Tier (2011) and Playland (2014), Fugard returns to the stage in his 82nd year to continue his relationship with the Cape Town theatre that bears his name.

Fugard, who returns to the stage this year after an absence of 15 years, plays opposite Marviantos Baker in this intimate, delicate two-hander. Besides Fugard, the artistic team includes Fourie (co-director), Mannie Manim (lighting), Saul Radomsky (sets & costume) and James Webb (Sound).

In The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Fugard takes on the role of Oupa, a retired South African teacher living in self-imposed exile in Southern California, and is joined onstage by Baker, playing his grandson, Boba. During the course of one afternoon spent together, Oupa and Boba leap across a generational divide to teach and be taught, and to be reminded that the transient beauty of the world is seen too briefly through unassuming eyes.

In this play, Fugard continues to explore the nooks and crannies of the human heart with wry humor and pathos, always bringing his characteristic warmth to its situations and characters. It is also a play about love, as Fugard notes, “This is the most naked statement I have ever made about that mysterious emotion.”

Inspired by Fugard’s relationship with his own grandson, Gavyn, this intimate play has deep autobiographical roots. The overlapping boundaries between autobiography and fictional storytelling are further explored in Fourie’s introductory scene, which, with recourse to Fugard’s notebooks, places extracts from his personal observations of the past 50 years into his character, Oupa’s, mouth. “People have begun to ask in the past couple of years whether my storytelling has shifted from the political to the personal”, Fugard muses. “My answer has always been – once you reach 80, the time has arrived for a little bit of housecleaning. After all, as Oupa says at the start of the play, ‘The final landscape is within.’”

Yet Fugard maintains that he has never been a political playwright: “All my plays tell South African stories about people in their specific time and place. That has not changed.”

The Shadow of the Hummingbird can currently be seen at Bloemfontein's Andre Huguenet Theatre. The production then returns to the Fugard Studio from 27 – 30 August for its very last 5 performances. For more information visit the Fugard Theatre’s website on www.thefugard.com or call the box office on 021 461 4554.

This is a special production, which sees Athol Fugard return to the stage for perhaps the very last time and tickets will sell out fast – so advance bookings are highly recommended.

Bad Jews

Bad Jews
MUST CLOSE 14 JAN 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R165
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    13 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
  • Time

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

    R130 – R165
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lara LipschitzDaphna
    • Glen Biderman-PamLiam
    • Oliver BoothJonah
    • Donna Cormack-ThomsonMelody
  • Creative

    • Joshua HarmonWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet and Costume Design

After a sold-out season in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Fugard Theatre's South African production of Joshua Harmon’s West End smash hit, the “blisteringly funny” Bad Jews, will return this December and is once more presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre.

After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna and Liam into a domestic battle of honour, faith and heritage. The devoutly Jewish Daphna is at odds with her secular cousin Liam, an entitled young man detached from his cultural traditions. Caught in the middle are Jonah, Liam’s younger brother, and Liam's non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.

The production garnered a five star review from the Jewish Chronicle (UK). “There is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah (Holocaust). Remarkable, because whereas most dramatists would address that territory with sombre respect, Harmon does it with irreverent wit.” John Nathan – The Jewish Chronicle (UK), January 2015.

This Fugard Theatre production once again features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) who returns to the Fugard Theatre in Bad Jews as Daphna, a devout Jew, who is unbending and religiously opinionated. Opposite Lara is Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) who will reprise his role of Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) too will reprise his role of Jonah, Liam’s younger brother. The Fugard Theatre welcomes Donna Cormack-Thomson who will play the role of Melody, Liam’s new non-Jewish girlfriend.

Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen) directs with set and costume designs by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).

Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times
Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times

Bad Jews Joburg

Bad Jews Joburg
14 JAN – 14 FEB 2016
TUE – FRI 8:15 PM | SAT 4 & 8:15 PM | R120 – R180
Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Sandton
  • Dates

    14 Jan 2016 - 14 Feb 2016
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8:15 PM | SAT 4 & 8:15 PM
  • Price

    R120 – R180
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lara LipschitzDaphna
    • Glen Biderman-PamLiam
    • Oliver BoothJonah
    • Ashley de LangeMelody
  • Creative

    • Joshua HarmonWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet and Costume Design

Now playing at Sandton's Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg.

After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna and Liam into a domestic battle of honour, faith and heritage. The devoutly Jewish Daphna is at odds with her secular cousin Liam, an entitled young man detached from his cultural traditions. Caught in the middle are Jonah, Liam’s younger brother, and Liam's non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.

The production garnered a five star review from the Jewish Chronicle (UK). “There is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah (Holocaust). Remarkable, because whereas most dramatists would address that territory with sombre respect, Harmon does it with irreverent wit.” John Nathan – The Jewish Chronicle (UK), January 2015.

This Fugard Theatre production features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) as Daphna, a devout Jew, who is unbending and religiously opinionated. Opposite Lara is Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) who plays Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) plays Jonah, Liam’s younger brother and Ashley de Lange (X+Y, Gly) plays Melody, Liam’s  new non-Jewish girlfriend.

Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen) directs, with set and costume designs by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).

Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
Splendid piece of in-your-face Jewish theatre ... acutely crafted, bitingly funny - The South African Jewish Report
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times
Searingly funny ... [The] Fugard's Bad Jews raises the bar - The Cape Times
★★★★ Captivates - The Cape Argus
★★★★ So naby aan ’n West End produksie is as wat jy plaaslik gaan kry - Die Burger
Splendid piece of in-your-face Jewish theatre ... acutely crafted, bitingly funny - The South African Jewish Report
A comedic explosion - Theatre Scene CPT
Makes for fantastic theatre - The Times

Bench

Bench
28-31 AUGUST 2013
8PM | R100-R130
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Time

    8PM
  • Price

    R100-R130
  • Duration

    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cast

    • Adrian CollinsDwain
    • Brent PalmerHendry
  • Creative

    • Michael KirchDirector
    • Brent PalmerWriter, Producer

Bench, a hilarious comedy-drama, tells the story of two colourful and clumsy thieves, Hendry and Dwain. The odd-couple are sat on a park bench, about to embark on their most daring job to date. This is the operation they believe is going to make them wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. However when one of them gets a crisis of conscience and begins to question the job, the planning soon takes surprising and unexpected turns.

One of the most unique and funny theatre offerings Cape Town audiences will experience this year - Sunday Independent
Funny and surprisingly poignant, FOUR STARS - Cape Argus
One of the most unique and funny theatre offerings Cape Town audiences will experience this year - Sunday Independent
Funny and surprisingly poignant, FOUR STARS - Cape Argus

Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov
12 JUN 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    12 Jun 2016 - 12 Jun 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Language

    Sung in Russian
  • Cast

    • Bryn TerfelBoris Godunov
    • John Graham-HallPrince Shuisky
    • Ain AngerPimen
    • David Butt PhilipGrigory Otrepiev
    • John TomlinsonVarlaam
    • Vlada BorovkoXenia
    • Sarah PringXenia’s Nurse
    • Emily EdmondsFyodor
    • Kostas SmoriginasAndrei Shchelkalov
  • Creative

    • Modest MusorgskyMusic
    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Richard JonesDirector

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Royal Opera House.

Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano renew their creative collaboration with this new production of Musorgsky’s historical masterpiece, here seen in its compact 1869 first version in seven scenes. The originality of the composer’s vision of Pushkin’s play about Tsar Boris Godunov – who reigned over Russia between 1598 and 1605 – was too much for the management of the Imperial Theatres, who demanded changes that were incorporated in the second version of the opera, in which Boris finally had its premiere in 1874. Many commentators, nevertheless, prefer the integrity of the original, which makes few concessions to operatic conventions. Keenly awaited will be Bryn Terfel’s assumption of the title role – one of the most complex characters in opera – while John Graham-Hall appears as the crafty Prince Shuisky and John Tomlinson as the vagabond monk Varlaam.

Cabaret

Cabaret
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R100 – R280
  • Time

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

    R100 – R280
  • Cast

    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderEmcee
    • Claire TaylorSally Bowles
    • Daniel BuysCliff Bradshaw
    • Michele MaxwellFräulein Schneider
    • Mike HuffHerr Schultz
    • Ludwig BingeErnst Ludwig
    • Shannyn FourieFräulein Kost, Fritzie
    • Adrian GalleyMax, Schultz Cover
    • Delray HalgrynRosie
    • Lara LipschitzLulu, Sally Understudy
    • Jenna Robinson ChildFrenchie, Dance Captain
    • Pulane RampoanaTexas
    • Shelley AdriaanzenHelga, Schneider & Kost Understudy
    • Matthew BerryBobby, Cliff Understudy
    • Sven-Eric MullerVictor, Emcee Understudy
    • Michael WallaceHans, Ludwig Understudy
    • Chloe PerlingKit Kat Girl Onstage Swing
    • Kyle JardineKit Kat Boy Onstage Swing, German Sailor
    • Ché-Jèan JuppChild
    • Joseph van DeventerChild
    • Cameron WallaceChild
    • Danyn WhiteChild
    • Teon WhiteChild
  • Creative

    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Lamees AlbertusAssociate Producer
    • Greg KarvellasAssociate Producer
    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Louisa TalbotChoreographer
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Supervisor
    • Tina DriedijkSet Design
    • Kobus RossouwLighting Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design
    • Penny SimpsonCostume Design
    • Anwar McWhiteVideo, Mapping & Animation
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design
    • Emily AdamsSound Design Assistant
    • Shelley AdriaanzenResident Director
    • Kate BorthwickMusical Director
    • Adrian GalleyDialect Coaching
    • Vicki BawcombeDialect Coaching
    • Regine KristenDialect Coaching
    • Gerhard MorkelSet Construction
    • Carl GersbachSet Construction
    • Nadine MinnaarScenic Painter
    • Ash ZamisaScenic Painter
    • Juanita FerreiraAdditional Props
    • Dewald CoetzeeAdditional Props
    • Koos MaraisAdditional Props
    • Vivian KuiperSpecial Effects
    • Juanita FerreiraWardrobe
    • Fagrie NasiepWardrobe
    • Bayson MoreniWardrobe
    • Charles BeniWardrobe
    • Mariam MoeratWardrobe
    • Widaad AlbertusWardrobe
    • Hilette StapelbergWardrobe
    • The Fox & VixenHair
    • Pink23Hair
    • Roberto GrovéProduction Manager
    • Benjamin du PlessisTechnical Manager
    • Juanita van WykStage Manager
    • Kim GunningStage Manager
    • Chané RinquestAssistant Stage Manager
    • Jennifer WilliamsDresser
    • Eastern AcousticsSound Supplier
    • Aki KhanFor Eastern Acoustics
    • David ClassenFor Eastern Acoustics
    • Werner SassmanSound Operator
    • David ClarkeMic Technician
    • Koos MaraisProduction Assistant
    • Elizabeth RidgwayProduction Assistant
    • Shayna GleaveProduction Assistant
    • Clynt HlubiTechnical Crew
    • Achmat KhroodienTechnical Crew
    • Cuen NicolsonTechnical Crew
    • Jesse Kate KramerPhotography
    • Mark WesselsPhotography
    • Allison Foat for DIVA PRPublicity

Eric Abraham proudly presents a Fugard Theatre production of Kander, Ebb and Masteroff’s scintillating Tony award-winning musical Cabaret.

“There was a Cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world ... and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep ...”

From the creators and producers of the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit musical The Rocky Horror Show comes one of Broadway’s greatest musical productions – Cabaret.

The Fugard Theatre looks forward to welcoming you to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and the raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalise the crowd and to entice them to leave their troubles outside. But as the life of pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through the dangerous times and help them to navigate through the rise of the loathsome ideology of Nazism?

Cabaret, directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Supervision by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot, is John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-Winning Musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

★★★★ - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
An absolute winner for the Fugard - The Weekend Argus
A show that every musical fan should see - Theatre Scene Cape Town
★★★★ - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
An absolute winner for the Fugard - The Weekend Argus
A show that every musical fan should see - Theatre Scene Cape Town

Cape Consort's Dido & Aeneas

Cape Consort's Dido & Aeneas
2 – 5 JUN 2016
4 & 8 PM | R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    02 Jun 2016 - 05 Jun 2016
  • Time

    4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R150
  • Duration

    55 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lente LouwDido
    • Willem BesterAeneas
    • Elsabe RichterBelinda
    • Nick de JagerSorceress
    • Antoinette BlythHandmaiden, Witch
    • Riaan le RouxBass
  • Creative

    • Henry PurcellMusic
    • Nahum TateLibretto
    • Mari BorstlapStage direction and design
    • Hans HuyssenMusical direction

The Cape Consort is proud to announce its first fully-staged opera, a production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1688). The Consort has joined forces with renowned theatre-maker Mari Borstlap for an exciting new rendering of this classical love story under the musical leadership of Hans Huyssen, with the same attention to historically informed musical performance which the Consort has become celebrated for over the past five years.

In this creative staging by Borstlap the story of a Carthaginian queen and her Trojan hero, an ancestor of Rome's founders, is transplanted to the present day. Dido is a mentally unstable young woman confined to the Carthage Asylum after the loss of her lover Aeneas, who has departed for Rome in pursuit of his career. Under the watchful eye of Belinda, matron of the asylum, Dido suffers terrible flashbacks of her lost love and horrible visions of the fateful forces that have overwhelmed her life. Distraught, Dido is pushed to the precipice, and her emotional turmoil culminates in the famous "Dido's Lament".

Dido and Aeneas is the Cape Consort's fifth appearance at the Fugard Studio. Previous productions – the four-part Monteverdi Project, which included a semi-staged version of John Blow's opera Venus and Adonis – were met by critical acclaim and performed to sold-out houses.

Music by Henry Purcell and libretto (in English) by Nahum Tate.
Stage direction and design by Mari Borstlap, and musical direction by Hans Huyssen.
With Lente Louw (Dido), Willem Bester (Aeneas), Elsabe Richter (Belinda), Nick de Jager (Sorceress), Antoinette Blyth (Handmaiden, Witch), and Riaan le Roux (bass).

Cape Town Folk and Accoustic Music Festival

Cape Town Folk and Accoustic Music Festival
10 Aug 2012 - 11 Aug 2012
R160
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    10 Aug 2012 - 11 Aug 2012
  • Price

    R160

Come join us in this intimate space and experience the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of ten of South Africa`s best singer /songwriters and musicians. The line-up includes Shawn Phillips [USA] with Andre De Villiers, Tina Schouw, Derek Gripper, Larry Joe, Joshua Grierson, Dave Knowles, Simon Van Gend and Emma Du Preez.

Bookings are now open through Computicket or via the Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard benefit from the usual generous discounts on offer. If you are not yet signed up as a Friend of the Fugard you may do so by calling the Fugard Theatre box office.

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2015
24 SEP - 04 OCT 2015
Fugard Studio, City Hall and CBD
  • Dates

    24 Sep 2015 - 09 Oct 2015

For booking and a full list of this year's productions please visit www.capetownfringe.co.za


With a bold and sassy programme of more than 70 productions, this year’s Cape Town Fringe – which runs in the city from 24 September to 4 October – promises to be a showcase of the best of South African theatre.

Audiences can look forward to an invigorating mix of new and original work spanning every genre, the organisers say. It is the second time this annual event will be held in the City.

Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed said the Cape Town Fringe was evolving its own artistic fingerprint – that of an engaged, original, and socially aware programme.

“It demonstrates how independent artists and arts companies are passionately engaging with the world around them and bringing that experience to their work,” Mahomed said, adding that more productions are likely be added in the coming weeks as contractual and other discussions are concluded..

While the programme comprises mostly theatre, dance, performance art, physical theatre, music, family theatre and magic will round off the 11-day Festival.

“The programme includes work that has left audiences stunned at other festivals and theatres, as well as fresh work from established companies and a selection of new voices. We believe it is an invigorating mix that will blow audiences away,” Mahomed said.

This year's line-up aims to offer a wide choice, ensuring that the Fringe matches the vibrancy and creativity of other Fringe Festivals worldwide.

"Audiences will be able to craft an amazing experience, drawing from productions that won the coveted Standard Bank Ovation Award at the recent National Arts Festival, through to original work that is devised and created specifically to premiere at this year’s Fringe,” he added.

A broad selection panel reviewed the proposals submitted for the Fringe this year. Led by Mahomed, it comprised Jaqueline Dommisse, Yazeed Kamaldien, Warona Seane, Sifiso Kweyama, Adrienne Sichel and Lynette Marais.

Produced by the experienced team at the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe will make use of venues in the City Centre, at the V&A Waterfront (for the first time in 2015) and Langa.

Notes V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, ‘’As one of Cape Town’s most iconic public spaces, the V&A Waterfront has long been not only an attraction for all citizens of Cape Town, but a neighbourhood. The Fringe Festival is an extension of this inclusiveness, and we welcome the opportunity to be part of a vibrant cultural showcase. Through the Festival, locals can celebrate all that is unique about our eclectic multi-cultural city.’’

“The programme has a strong Cape flavor with locally based artists making up approximately 60% of the programme,” Fringe CEO Tony Lankester said.

More than 18 000 tickets were sold last year, and the event was estimated to have an economic impact of over R4-million, over and above its R2.7-million direct spend, Lankester said.

Local partnerships are crucial to staging the event, Mahomed said, highlighting relationships with initiatives such as the Zabalaza Festival, PANSA and ASSITEJ, all of which have made the programme “richer and more relevant”.

“The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of a number of large events and the Fringe is one of these that attracts local and international participants and supporters. The economic spin offs of events hold enormous benefits for the city and its residents. The Fringe has helped Cape Town earn the enviable reputation of an events destination of choice. Moreover this event is part of the City’s commitments to ensure events for low seasons to address the challenges of seasonality on visitor numbers”. Said Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development


New Elements Introduced to Cape Town Fringe

Lankester said last year’s event had given the organisers a solid base from which to innovate: “We want to grow the event even more and we will be introducing some innovations developed as a result of open engagement with Cape artists and institutions earlier this year.”

Some of this year’s innovations include:

    •    Patrons who book via the Cape Town Fringe website will be able to make use of the print-at-home-ticket function, reducing queuing time for patrons.
    •    An enhanced and more user-friendly Cape Town Fringe mobile booking and planning app.
    •    A stronger programme of events for schools and learner groups during the daytime.
    •    Greater cognizance given to religious and other holidays in the planning process.
    •    Expanding to venues beyond the City Hall precinct.
    •    Partnering with Cape Town Tourism and a specialist travel agent to put packages together for visitors from other cities wanting to attend the Fringe.
    •    More specials for workers in the City to attend shows during their lunch breaks. “Give us your lunch hour, we’ll give you a show and a sandwich,” say organisers.
    •    A busier and more vibrant Fringe Club in the City Hall, where patrons will be able to meet for coffee, a glass of wine and a light meal.

Joining the City as a full sponsor of the event this year is Standard Bank, who will play host to the Standard Bank music stage in the City Hall.

“The venue will feature some amazing entertainment,” Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Brand and Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank said. “We are proud to continue our support for the arts in South Africa through the Cape Town Fringe Festival. For Standard Bank this is a natural fit and extension of our National Arts Festival sponsorship and we look forward to seeing the best new original work across all genres in Cape Town.”

Booking opens for the Fringe at the end of August at www.capetownfringe.co.za

About the Cape Town Fringe

The Cape Town Fringe is project-managed by the National Arts Festival. The City of Cape Town is the Host Sponsor, while Standard Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the event.

Carmen (captured at Teatro alla Scala)

Carmen (captured at Teatro alla Scala)
17 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
4 PM
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Nov 2012 - 18 Nov 2012
  • Time

    4 PM

Young Georges Bizet died soon after the premiere of Carmen, and thus never enjoyed the success of his creation. Carmen wasn’t initially well received, but became, and still is, one of the most famous and popular works in the opera repertoire. The stark realism (interjected with comedy) was initially considered ―too much‖ for the opera going public; it is now considered a stroke of Bizet’s genius. During an unusually long rehearsal period, the orchestra complained that the music was too difficult, and the chorus complained that it was too challenging to act like a group of individuals, rather than a homogeneous block responding as a unit. Fortunately, Bizet had allies in the production, and his vision for the opera was realized. Composers ranging from Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky to Verdi and Wagner all expressed admiration for the work. More so than any ―celebrity endorsement,‖ it is the brilliant music that maintains Carmen’s legacy: even complete opera novices will recognize the famous tunes that make up the bulk of this opera.

For this production, La Scala has hand-picked some of the hottest new talent in the opera world, including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, Italian soprano Adriana Damato, and up-and-coming Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who won the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition last year.
 
CARMEN is the story of fatal attraction between Carmen, the hot-blooded gypsy, and Don José, the upstanding corporal in the Spanish army who’s already engaged to another woman. Don José begins to fall for Carmen as she sings the famous song of seduction, the Habañera. When he helps her avoid arrest, he is thrown in prison. Upon his release, he seeks her out; as a result, his life continues to unravel. Upon hearing his mother is dying, he heads home, vowing to Carmen that they will be together again soon. When he returns, he discovers Carmen in a rapturous affair with Escamillo, a dashing toreador. Don José, now bitter and angry, stabs her to death just as Escamillo wins the fight in the bullring. As the spectators leave the arena, Don José throws himself on her dead body and confesses his guilt.

Carmen (captured at the Royal Opera House)

Carmen (captured at the Royal Opera House)
13 Jan 2013
2 & 6PM | R50 - R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    13 Jan 2013 -
  • Time

    2 & 6PM
  • Price

    R50 - R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cast

    • Anna Caterina AntonacciCarmen
    • Jonas KaufmannDon José
    • Norah AmsellemMicaëla
    • Illdebrando D'ArcangeloEscamillo
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Francesca ZambelloStage Director
    • Tanya McCallinDesigns
    • Arthur PitaChoreography
    • Paule ConstableLighting design
    • Mike LoadesFight director

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare and erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don José, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate and sumptuously exotic reading of one of the world’s favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet’s irresistible score drives the tragedy forward, in this powerful landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

For the full World Opera and Ballet 2012/2013 Season schedule click here.

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
17 APR 2016
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    17 Apr 2016 - 17 Apr 2016
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    3 hours
  • Language

    Sung in Italian
  • Cast

    • Eva-Maria WestbroekSantuzza
    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoTuriddu
    • Elena ZilioMamma Lucia
    • Dimitri PlataniasAlfio
    • Martina BelliLola
    • Aleksandrs AntonenkoCanio
    • Dimitri PlataniasTonio
    • Carmen GiannattasioNedda
    • Benjamin HulettBeppe
    • Dionysios SourbisSilvio
  • Creative

    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Damiano MichielettoDirector

Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From the Royal Opera House.

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci
9 JUL 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    09 Jul 2017 - 09 Jul 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Liudmyla MonastyrskaSantuzza
    • Jonas KaufmannTuriddu
    • Jonas KaufmannCanio
    • Maria AgrestaNedda
  • Creative

    • Pietro MascagniMusic
    • Ruggero LeoncavalloMusic

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Salzburg Festival.

Described by Salzburger Nachricten as “Opera as Great Romantic Cinema”, the two one- act operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci brought record attendances to the Salzburg Easter Festival. No wonder, for Jonas Kaufmann, in his debut performances as both Turiddu and Canio, was “stellar” (Daily Telegraph) and sang “both parts so lyrically, with such italianità, mellow with impeccable highs... a pure delight” (Kurier). Equally impressive are Thielemann – “the uber-conductor” (Telegraph). “What we hear from the pit is sensational in its nuances” (Kurier).

Champ

Champ
05 APRIL – 04 MAY 2013
TUES - THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM | R110 - R140
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    05 Apr 2013 - 04 May 2013
  • Time

    TUES - THURS 8PM | FRI 6:30 & 9PM | SAT 8PM
  • Price

    R110 - R140
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Oliver BoothStanley
    • Mark ElderkinMelvin
    • Nicholas PaulingElliot
    • Pierre MalherbeWaldo
    • Jenny SteadThe Manager
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Johann KupferburgerProduction Manager
    • Ben du PlessisStage Manager
    • Jesse KramerPhotography

Champ, written by the talented playwright Louis Viljoen, has recently been awarded the 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best New South African Script. The play was nominated in two additional categories - the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors (Greg Karvellas), and Best Supporting Actor (Adam Neill).

Presented by Artscape and the Fugard Theatre, and directed by Greg Karvellas, Louis Viljoen’s wicked new play Champ will be re-staged – after an initial successful season at Artscape in 2012 – at the Fugard Studio Theatre in April 2013.

Three actors, scraping the bottom of the barrel while working as children's entertainers in a mall, find themselves struggling to hold on to their jobs and what little dignity they have left when they encounter a vicious child hell-bent on making their day worse than it already is. Through a combination of exhaustion, wounded pride, middle-class disaffection and a little too much alcohol early in the day, they enter into a battle with the mischievous and dastardly little boy and set in motion a series of events that will not necessarily change their lives, but perhaps make the day a little more interesting.

Champ stars Mark Elderkin (Skeem), Nick Pauling (Waiting for the Barbarians), Pierre Malherbe (Not Another Friggin' Tribute Show) and Jenny Stead (Cardenio) and introduces Oliver Booth, a recent UCT Graduate.

Champ is a dark comedy about haves, have-nots, want-nots, up-starts, young bucks, old farts, little men, big boys and the inevitable slide into booze-fueled depression.

Tickets, ranging from R100 to R140, are available through computicket.com or at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Friends of the Fugard benefit from the usual, excellent discounts.

Due to explicit and graphic language Champ carries a strict no under 18 age restriction.

Champ is a project of the Artscape New Writing Program.

… So, if you go down to the woods today... You're in for a big surprise.

...theatre on top of its game... - Sunday Times
**** Unbearably funny ... - Cape Argus
... best comedy to grace Cape Town stages recently ... - Cape Times
... devilish and infectious ... - Bizcommunity
... fast paced and extremely funny... - Monday Missile
... deliciously wicked and hilariously insane ... - Bizcommunity
... thoroughly enjoyable ... - Whats on in Cape Town
... hilarious chaos ... - Bizcommunity
...theatre on top of its game... - Sunday Times
**** Unbearably funny ... - Cape Argus
... best comedy to grace Cape Town stages recently ... - Cape Times
... devilish and infectious ... - Bizcommunity
... fast paced and extremely funny... - Monday Missile
... deliciously wicked and hilariously insane ... - Bizcommunity
... thoroughly enjoyable ... - Whats on in Cape Town
... hilarious chaos ... - Bizcommunity

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