David Kramer's Langarm

David Kramer's Langarm
Now booking to 3 March 2019
Tue– Fri 8pm | Sat 3 & 8pm | Sun 3pm | R160 - R260
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    20 Nov 2018 -
  • Time

    Tue– Fri 8pm | Sat 3 & 8pm | Sun 3pm
  • Price

    R160 - R260
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Rushney FergusonAngelina
    • Cameron BothaJeff
    • Kim LouisDinah
    • Elton LandrewEddie
    • Pierre NelsonVan der Byl
    • Julio JantjiesLulu, Ensemble
    • Nadine SuliamanEnsemble, Angelina cover
    • Nathan MullerEnsemble
    • Byron KlaasenEnsemble, Dance Captain
    • Paxton SimonsEnsemble, Dance Captain
    • Shaneé de BeerEnsemble
    • Junaide Abrahams Ensemble
    • Alexis PetersenOnstage Female Swing
    • Lindokuhle “Odwa” MakandaMale Swing, Lulu Cover
    • Dorsaint KatumpaBarman
    • Alistair IzobellEddie Cover
    • Maya SpectorDinah Cover
    • Sipumzo LucwabaBass, Band Leader
    • Dylan RomanKeys, Deputy Band Leader
    • Jason WardPercussion, Drums
    • Zeke le GrangeSax
    • Joseph KunnujiTrumpet
    • Shaun FranckeGuitar
  • Creative

    • David KramerWriter, Director
    • 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 is the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer.

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 – KanalaOrpheus in AfricaBlood 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.

Please note: Langarm has a recommended age restriction of 12.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor
27 January 2019
10am | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    27 Jan 2019 - 27 Jan 2019
  • Time

    10am
  • Price

    R100

Screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2. From the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men.

Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. 


For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year
From 19 February 2019
Tue – Fri 8pm | Sat 4 & 8pm | R160 – R220
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    19 Feb 2019 -
  • Time

    Tue – Fri 8pm | Sat 4 & 8pm
  • Price

    R160 – R220
  • Cast

    • Bianca FlandersLee-André
    • Dean BalieDan
  • Creative

    • David GreigOriginal Playwright
    • Gordon McIntyreOriginal Playwright
    • David KramerAdaptation
    • Nicolas KentDirector
    • Chris PienaarSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Marie RouxLighting Design
    • David ClassenSound Design
    • Lucie de MoyencourtIllustrations

Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre present the South African premiere of Happy New Year, a hilarious, heart-warming rom com, adapted by South African icon David Kramer from the hit, award-winning play Midsummer (A Play With Songs) by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre.  

Happy New Year will be presented from 19 February 2019 in The Fugard Studio Theatre and bookings are now open through The Fugard Theatre box office and website.

Directed by internationally acclaimed director and former Artistic Director of The Tricycle Theatre in London, Nicolas Kent, the cast stars popular actors Bianca Flanders (Krotoa – Eva Van De Kaap, The Demon Bride, Aunty Merle the Musical, Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, Kristalvlakte) as Lee-André, and Dean Balie (Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers, Kat and the Kings, Hamlet, Babbelagtig, Sweet Bird of Youth), as Dan.

Whilst at The Tricycle Theatre, Nicolas Kent brought David Kramer’s Kat and the Kings and three more of his shows to London and recently Kent suggested this play would make a happy South African adaptation, thus the collaboration.

High flying divorce lawyer Lee-André meets car salesman and small-time criminal Dan in a bar one midsummer’s night when the married man she’s been seeing cancels their date. She’s out of Dan’s league, he’s totally not her type, but when these two disparate souls come together, a wild weekend of alcohol-infused adventure and abandon ensues. Between bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust ups and self-loathing hangovers, they discover they are not so different after all, and that maybe there are second chances at life – and love.

The original production of Midsummer (A Play With Songs) won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,  and garnered praise such as, ‘an exhilarating theatrical journey… you float out laughing as if you've just swallowed sunshine on a spoon’ (The Guardian), ‘theatrical ingenuity’ (The New York Times), ‘riotously funny as it is touchingly romantic’ (Variety), ‘a joyous romp’  (The Independent) and ‘beautifully written, combining sharp dialogue with evocative description and passages’ (The Telegraph).

Happy New Year is a delightful and refreshing twist on a rom-com,” says Daniel Galloway, Managing Director of The Fugard Theatre. “It is honest, down to earth and deliciously hilarious – a brilliant piece of storytelling with wonderful songs. We are honoured to have South Africa’s own David Kramer adapting this universal and musical tale of love, hope and acceptance to resonate more deeply with our local audiences.”

Director Nicolas Kent has directed productions in over 100 theatres around the world including the West End and New York; as well as for notable companies in Great Britain including The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, The Donmar Warehouse, The Hampstead Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Young Vic. From 1984 to 2012 he was Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in London, where the verbatim plays he directed became known as the Tricycle Tribunal plays, and included The Colour of Justice (the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), Nuremberg, Srebrenica, Bloody Sunday (Olivier Award for Special Achievement), Guantanamo & The Riots. Most of which were broadcast by the BBC, and two which were performed in the Houses of Parliament and one on Capitol Hill.

David Kramer is a national treasure and needs no introduction to South African audiences. His latest smash hit musical, Langarm, is currently playing at The Fugard Theatre and marks his fifth production with the Theatre. Together with the late Taliep Petersen, he created six musicals which enjoyed enormous local and international success, including the Laurence Olivier Award winning Kat and the Kings which played on Broadway and the West End. He adapted Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers to a local setting, which was produced by The Fugard Theatre and Pieter Toerien Productions in 2012. His numerous awards and accolades include honorary Doctorates from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town and a career highlight was performing at Carnegie Hall showcasing the music of the Cape.

Happy New Year is adapted by David Kramer from the original Midsummer (A Play With Songs) by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. Direction is by Nicolas Kent, Set Design is by Chris Pienaar, Costume Design by Widaad Albertus, Lighting Design by Marie Roux, Sound Design is by David Classen and Illustration is by Lucie de Moyencourt.

Happy New Year will be performed from 19 February 2019 at 8pm with matinees at 4pm on Saturdays.

Tickets from R160 to R220 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 20% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members on Wednesdays to Saturdays, a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students. 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!

Please note: There is a recommend age advisory of 14 years with parental guidance (SL). Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.

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.

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