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Kunene And The King – The Fugard

The South African premiere. From 30 April 2019.

Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, Kunene and the King at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The production is written by John Kani and is directed by Janice Honeyman.

John Kani stars as Lunga, a headstrong male nurse contracted to care for cantankerous actor Jack (Antony Sher) as he copes with terminal liver cancer. This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid.

The production is currently running at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and will open at The Fugard Theatre on 30 April 2019. Friends of the Fugard benefit from great discounts on certain performances and seats when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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Mama At Artscape Theatre

Chenal Kock in association with Vulture Productions and the Artscape Theatre Centre invites you to experience Mama at the Artscape Arena from 10 to 13 April 2019. Mama is a character-piece directed by Jeremeo Le Cordeur, showcased through poetry and physical theatre, choreographed by Alfonzo Freemantle and Yaseen Manuel, that focuses on the Afrikaaps dialect.

The character communicates through body language accompanied by musical performance poetry and spoken word by the “mixed but not fixed” creative artist, who portrays the character as a vessel to confront reality. The work fuses Mama’s physical confidence with Chenal’s vocal confidence in order to freely express herself. Her stories confront issues such as rebirth, language, cultural and self-exploration, freedom of expression and the state of being.

The production was adapted for the stage when Chenal and Jeremeo were selected to represent the Artscape Theatre Centre at a program called EVS (European Volunteer service), based in Liverpool in the UK. One of their tasks was to create a short piece that represented their country. “Chenal is passionate about physical theatre and poetry and I am a visual person who is passionate about directing and producing” says Jeremeo. “We tapped into our different art forms – and with our powers combined – Mama was born.”

Chenal explains: “This story is Important because it is based on my life experiences as an artist and woman of colour. I believe that the stories and poems explored within Mama are relatable. It comes from my experiences, from a place of authenticity and my sense of truth and that is something no one can take away from you, your story. “

The production showcased a 30 minute extract at the very first Fringe festival within the Woordfees program, in Stellenbosch. ”The Woordfees Fringe experience allowed us to experiment with our concept and ideas, it was the first opportunity to bring our script to life.” Says Chenal. “The experimental platform allowed our project to grow and be improved upon, and the location was also significant, because Stellenbosch is one of the 3 primary locations in the story.”

Tickets cost R45 per person and are available at Computicket. Click here for more information about the production and the artists involved.

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Defending The Caveman Performs At “Live At The Balalaika”

Come and have a last laugh with Legendary actor Tim Plewman in his first ‘farewell season’- ” Live at the Balalaika”, at the new Pop-Up Theatre at the Balalaika Hotel. This unique venue seats only 180 people which is the perfect size for a Pop-Up Theatre.

The ‘only original’ master of ‘Defending the Caveman’ is back from standing ovations in Perth and Las Vegas and throughout Southern Africa.

Considered one of South Africa’s best ever solo comedies, Defending the Caveman explores the complexities of romance and relationships with truthful hilarity. Through his Caveman, Plewman ensures his audiences spend the show in stitches but walk away with something to think about.

Caveman has been updated and rebooted to reflect today’s world of tweeting, selfies and Facebook likes, but, at its heart, still consists of the core comedy about why men and women see the world so differently. The show is the longest running solo play in Broadway history and has been seen in over 40 countries.

Plewman has an uncanny knack for capturing his audience, and whether you choose to take your partner, friend, family member or colleague along to see this show, you will not regret spending the evening with one of the most revered comedians to grace the South African stage.

As the country’s longest-running and most successful solo comedy, this tongue-and-cheek gem will offer a night out of deep belly laughs.

Testament to this is the fact that his audiences keep coming back, “Saw this play must be more than 20 times and willing to see it 20 more.” – Elaine Meyer Upper Crust.

“Laugh? I nearly died! This play is not an exercise in soul-searching, it’s a belly laugh and I must bring my wife ” – said Geoffrey Matengi SAfm with tears rolling down his cheeks

“Here is the artistry of the human heart conveyed in a language that can only make you laugh till you cry.” – Arts Journalist.

‘Defending the Caveman’ opens on 8 – 29 March 2019 and has shows Friday, Saturday and a Sunday matinee throughout March excluding 30 and 31 March.

Connect with Plewman on Facebook and Twitter.

Tickets:

Tickets can be bought through Computicket (011) 4840204 or from the reception at the Balalaika Protea Hotel and at the door. Call The Balalaika Protea Hotel on (011) 322 5000. Tickets are priced at R195 for the month of March.

Parking:

There is safe underground parking at the MARC which is in Maude Street

About Tim Plewman

Plewman has become one of the most sought after actors in South Africa, equally at home in drama or comedy. He is a dancer, humourist, director, writer and producer.

From his first leading role in 1978, in the comedy, Happy Birthday, Plewman has remained at the very top of the acting world for over 30 years with numerous awards and unique achievements that set him apart from the rest.

He has starred in such diverse comedies as Two Into One (Fleur du Cap Award Best Actor), Doubles (Vita Comedy Award for Best Actor), Heel Against the Head (Vita Award Best Director) and of course, the play he is most remembered for, Defending the Caveman (Vita Award for Best Comedy Actor), which re-wrote theatre history by breaking all SA show records. Plewman decided to hang up his caveman skins after 9 ½ years and 1544 sold out performances… until now.

Plewman has also starred in numerous musicals, three of his favourites being, Snoopy!!!, Tom Foolery and Singin’ in the Rain.

As a writer, he has penned some memorable plays like Grin & Bare It, Breakfast with Dad, and The Insatiables, which won the Best Play of the Year, SA Comedy Awards. In addition, Plewman has written such TV series as The Carruthers Brothers with Bill Flynn and Pure Plewman for MNET.

He is a prolific voice-over artist and, together with his wife, Cathy, has a highly successful production company which has produced 18 theatre pieces and over 160 corporate productions and videos.

In June 2013, Plewman was acclaimed for his tour de force performance in the one-man play, The Last Moustache, written by Greg Viljoen, performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. It is the story of an actor forced to play a Hitler double during the last weeks of WWII.

His book, classically titled Fitness for Old Farts was published by Random Struik, and rocketed to number 10 on the best sellers list in SA within the first month of hitting the bookshelves. This hysterical book centres on a serious subject close to Plewman’s heart; fitness and health. This book gave rise to Plewman’s latest play Gym & Tonic: The Memory of an Old Muscle, which premiered in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival and made the list of the 30 best attended performances at the Festival.

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The 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2

3 – 24 March 2019. Sundays at 10 am

The Fugard Bioscope Encore Season once again has some major treats in store for ballet and theatre lovers on Sundays in March 2019. The Encore Season presents popular titles from The Fugard Bioscope’s 2018 line-up, screened on the Fugard’s full size high definition cinema screen and a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system. Productions are recorded live from the world’s best theatre, opera and ballet companies.

Screenings will start at 10am to accommodate Sunday matinee performances in the Fugard Theatre.

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The ‘fun, cheeky’ Happy New Year

Now playing

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.

When two disparate souls – car salesman Dan and high-flying divorce lawyer Lee-André – 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.

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.

Please note: Happy New Year is presented in English with adult themes and has a recommended age advisory of 14 years with parental guidance (SL).

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Kunene And The King – The Fugard

The South African premiere. From 30 April 2019.

Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, Kunene and the King at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

Kunene and the King is a moving and funny two-hander that provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid. Written by actor, activist and playwright, John Kani, who was last seen on The Fugard Theatre stage opposite Sandra Prinsloo in So Ry Miss Daisy, Kunene and the King reunites a powerhouse team with director Janice Honeyman and John Kani performing opposite Antony Sher.

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Langarm – Final 2 Weeks, Must Close 3 March – The Fugard

Final 2 weeks! Must close 3 March.

Cape Town, this is your final 2 weeks to catch Langarm. It must close on 3 March 2019. Following 13 sold out weeks – we are now in to the final stretch and proudly offer you two more weeks to catch the show everyone has been raving about! And remember – as a Friend of The Fugard you qualify for wonderful discounts when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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New Pop-up Theatre Opens – ‘Live At The Balalaika’

The famous Protea Hotel by Marriott® Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton celebrates its 70th Birthday this year. It was the only hotel seventy years ago in Sandton and the original venue that hosted live entertainment fifty years ago has now created a Pop-Up Theatre called ‘Live at the Balalaika’.

This Pop-Up Theatre, has a prime location in the hub of the Sandton Precinct and is opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

‘Live at the Balalaika’ has been refurbished and has seating for 180 people. It is an ideal Pop-Up Theatre space as actors and musicians can perform in a non-intimidating space. Sound, lighting and a TV screen have been installed to enhance the experience that audiences will receive. The aim of this Pop-Up Theatre is to accommodate people in the myriads of hotels in the Sandton precinct who have nothing to do during the week and/or weekends.

There are numerous bars in the hotel and close to the Pop-Up Theatre is the famous ‘Bull Run’ restaurant with some of the best steaks in Johannesburg. After the show patrons can have a night cap at the Dollar Bar.

‘Live at the Balalaika’ will open on 6 March and shows will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and a Sunday matinee at 3pm.

Defending the Caveman – Tim Plewman (8 – 29 March)

Come and have a last laugh with Legendary actor Tim Plewman in his first ‘farewell season’.

The ‘only original’ master of ‘Defending the Caveman’ is back from standing ovations in Perth and Las Vegas and is now at the Pop-Up Theatre in The Balalaika Hotel.

Caveman still holds the record as the longest running non-musical comedy of all time on Broadway. What more can be said about this wonderful show that so humorously exposes the hunter and gatherer in us all and has played to over a million people?

Considered one of South Africa’s best solo comedies, Defending the Caveman explores the complexities of romance and relationships with truthful hilarity. Through his Caveman, Plewman ensures his audiences spend the show in stitches but walk away with something to think about.

This new production has been updated to reflect today’s world of tweeting, selfies and Facebook but still consists of the core comedy about why men and women see the world so differently. The show is the longest running solo play in Broadway history and has been seen in over 40 countries.

Testament to this is the fact that his audiences keep coming back

“Saw this play must be more than 20 times and willing to see it 20 more.” – Elaine Meyer Upper Crust.

“Laugh? I nearly died! This play is not an exercise in soul-searching, it’s a belly laugh and I must bring my wife ” – said Geoffrey Matengi SAfm with tears rolling down his cheeks

“Here is the artistry of the human heart conveyed in a language that can only make you laugh till you cry.” – Arts Journalist.

‘Defending the Caveman’ opens on 8 – 29 March 2019 and has shows Friday, Saturday and a Sunday matinee throughout March excluding 31 March.

Viva Las Vegas – The Ultimate Tribute Show (6 -31 March)

Shaky Russell is one of today’s top Elvis Presley / fifties and sixties tribute performers with a style and energy that resonates that of the King himself. ‘ Viva Las Vegas’ starring Shaky Russell and a star studded cast, LIVE AT THE BALALAIKA – The Balalaika Hotel Sandton.

“Viva Las Vegas” is a show that will keep audience members on the edge of their seats with Shaky’s array of custom-made costumes and energetic performance. With his incredible vocal range and resemblance, Shaky Russell and a star studded cast will perform more than 20 of Elvis’ greatest hits. Experience the songs, the moves and the voice that created a worldwide phenomenon that had never been seen before.

The show captures the onstage excitement of Elvis’ greatest performances and also pays tribute to other legends including Buddy Holly, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, The Beatles & more.

An Elvis award-winning performer, he previously wowed audiences in Memphis USA (home of the real Elvis) making Shaky Russell one of today’s supreme Elvis Presley Performers. Shaky is accompanied on stage by an amazing group of professionals including a live rocking band and cast.

So….…Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and get ready to Shake Rattle & Roll, because this show promises to rock both young and old in true Vegas spirit. Experience Sandton’s Premier Theatre, Live at the Balalaika at the Balalaika Hotel Sandton.

“Viva Las Vegas” opens on 6 March and runs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm and Saturday 30 March at 8pm and a matinee on 31 March at 3pm.

Tickets:
Tickets can be bought through Computicket (011) 4840204 or from the reception at the Balalaika Protea Hotel and at the door. Call The Balalaika Protea Hotel on (011) 322 5000. Tickets are priced at R195 for the month of March.

Parking:
There is safe underground parking at the MARC which is in Maude Street

About the Balalaika Hotel:

It is one of Johannesburg’s iconic hotels and a founding landmark of the Sandton precinct. The hotel brings a unique country-style atmosphere with beautiful gardens, a pool and birdlife which complements the Pop-Up Theatre.

The four-star Balalaika Protea Hotel has 330 rooms and 9 conference venues accommodating up to 300 delegates. Staff have been hand-picked to offer a unique people-centred hospitality throughout the hotel.

About Tim Plewman:

Tim has become one of the most sought after actors in South Africa, equally at home in drama or comedy. He is a dancer, humourist, director, writer and producer. From his first leading role in 1978 in the comedy, “Happy Birthday”, Tim has remained at the very top of the acting world for over 30 years with numerous awards and unique achievements that set him apart from the rest.

Plewman has an uncanny knack for capturing his audience, and whether you choose to take a partner, friend, family member or colleague along to see the show, you will not regret spending the evening with one of Msanzi’s most revered comedians.

As the country’s longest-running and most successful solo comedy, this tongue-and-cheek gem will offer a night out of deep belly laughs.

Tim has written such TV series as The Carruthers Brothers with Bill Flynn and Pure Plewman for MNET. He is a prolific voice-over artist and, together with his wife, Cathy, has a highly successful production company which has produced 18 theatre and over 160 corporate productions and videos.

About Shaky Russell:

Shaky’s love of Elvis started when he was 5 years old after seeing the Elvis film ‘Loving You’. He started imitating his every moves and sound to perfection, interpreting his attitude, expressions and body movements. Shaky lovingly and respectfully brings all his tributes to life, he specifically says he does not impersonate or imitate the King or any of the singers.

This spectacular artist has performed across South Africa and abroad, with the highlight being performing about 100 yards away from the shrine of the King himself, at the home of Elvis Presley (Graceland, Memphis Tennessee). He also had the opportunity to record at the legendary Sun Studio, which has been used by many stars including Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and of course Elvis himself. Shaky offers an entire package: the voice, the moves, the suave outfits, the charisma and most importantly a humble and down to earth approach to people. Taking the audience back to the innocent yet raw sound that was Rock ‘n Roll, Shaky impresses upon his audiences that he does not impersonate, nor does he imitate the King. Shaky says “he doesn’t talk to his audience as Elvis but about Elvis”.

The show captures the onstage excitement of Elvis’ greatest performances and also pays tribute to other legends including Buddy Holly, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, The Beatles & more.

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Langarm – Final 3 Weeks. Must Close 3 March – The Fugard

Langarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer and The Fugard Theatre has received three 2018 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominations for Best Performance by A Lead Actor In A Musical or Theatre Show (Elton Landrew) and Best Performance by A Lead Actress In A Musical or Theatre Show (Kim Louis and Rushney Ferguson).

Cape Town, this is your final 3 weeks to catch the show. It must close on 3 March 2019. Following 12 sold out weeks – we are now in to the final stretch and proudly offer you three more weeks to catch the show everyone has been raving about! And remember – as a Friend of The Fugard you qualify for wonderful discounts when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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VDay 2019, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer

Here’s calling all theatre lovers.. women lovers, women themselves, lovers of life & those who love too much, give too much and go too far … you know who you are!!

Come see VDAY this year & support women & girls in Cape Town!

Sugar-daddy Theatre Co. & the Inner City Ideas Cartel are back with VDAY 2019;
‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer’
2 nights only at The Foundry,
Cardiff Street, De Waterkant/Greenpoint

1st & 2nd March 2019. 8:15pm
Tickets: R100 (All proceeds go to charity)
Available via Computicket or cash only at the door!

Directed by Tamryn Speirs
Cast: Leon Clingman, Sue Diepeveen, Marlisa Doubell, Allistine Bo Grady, Sive Gubangxa, Evan Hengst, Liese Kuhn, Lee-Anne Summers.

A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.

Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Sugar-daddy presents an updated version of ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer’ by special arrangement with the VDAY foundation & Eve Ensler.

All proceeds donated to Charity i.e. Rape Crisis, Cape Town.