The iconic South African hit musical
Comes to Joburg from 12 September
From the Fugard Theatre – the South African producers of the critically acclaimed West Side Story and The Rocky Horror Show. Over half a century since the original production, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand-new production of the iconic South African musical King Kong at Joburg Theatre from 12 September 2017.
The musical portrays the life and times of heavyweight boxer, Ezekiel Dlamini and is set to the scintillating music of Todd Matshikiza with legendary songs such as “Back of the Moon”, “King Kong” and “Sad Times, Bad Times”. The 1959 production of South Africa’s first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties and was seen by 200 000 South Africans before transferring to London’s West End, in part launching the international careers of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela among others. Whilst remaining true to the original production, a world-class creative team and an all South African cast have revitalised King Kong for the 21st century, giving it new life.