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Due to the demand for matinee tickets, the Fugard Theatre has added Sunday performances of the award-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare In Love. The Sunday matinees will be presented at 15:00 on 16, 23 and 30 September 2018.
The production will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 14 August.
Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production of Shakespeare In Love which was a runaway success last year, playing to sold-out houses and critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike. Praise included comments such as ‘FIVE STARS…Superlative theatre’, ‘Black Adder meets the Bard in this extremely entertaining adaptation’ and ‘romantic, dramatic, comedic, exaggerated fun … a fun night out at the 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.
Shakespeare In Love features a stellar cast of 21 actors including the return of the loveable fur-actor Bogart as Spot the Dog, who captured the hearts of all who saw the show. The play is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Road to Mecca, 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.
Robyn Scott recently won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play for her role as Elizabeth I. The production was also nominated for Best Performance by an Ensemble, Best Lighting Design for Wolf Britz and Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play for Darron Araujo as Henslowe.
Stepping into the role of Will Shakespeare is Daniel Mpilo Richards who has been dazzling audiences as Bernardo the leader of the Sharks in the Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story (also Aunty Merle the Musical, State Fracture, Pay Back the Curry); with the return of Roxane Hayward (Accident, Blood Drive, Saints and Strangers) as Viola de Lesseps and Cape Talk’s John Maytham as Fennyman.
Multiple award-winner Robyn Scott (London Road, Elizabeth 1- Almost By Chance a Woman) stars as Queen Elizabeth and Jason K. Ralph (The Phantom of the Opera (World Tour), Chicago) as Lord Wessex; 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. Darron Araujo (CHAMP, The Taming of the Shrew) performs the role of Henslowe; Armand Aucamp (KNAPSEKêRELS, Krotoa) as Marlowe; Adrian Collins (Bench, King Lear) as Ralph; Walter van Dyk (Arms and the Man [Watford Palace Theatre UK], A Flea in her Ear [Old Vic Theatre] UK) as Tilney; Pierre Malherbe (CHAMP, The Kingmakers) as Nol; Lucy Tops (Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Show, Bar None) as Nurse; Dean Balie (Orpheus in Africa, Kat and the Kings) as John Webster and Louis Viljoen (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Frontiersmen) as Mr Wabash.
Completing the ensemble are Alex Tops (The Rocky Horror Show, Bar None) as Robin; Kathleen Stephens (The Taming of the Shrew, Nasty Womxn) as Mistress Quickly; Rendani Mufamadi (Confession Sessions, Footloose the Musical) as Lambert and Rachel Mertens who returns to the Ensemble.
Shakespeare In Love will be performed from Tuesday to Saturday at 20:00 with a 15:00 matinee on Saturdays. There will be Sunday matinee performances at 3pm on 16, 23 and 30 September. Tickets from R150 to R350 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.