Critically acclaimed Hemelruim for the Fugard


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The multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed production Hemelruim comes to the Fugard Theatre Studio for a limited run from 25 April to 13 May.

Featuring stellar South African cast members Paul du Toit and Tinarie van Wyk Loots with director Nico Scheepers, Hemelruim has been collecting accolades on the festival circuit with rave reviews and best actress awards at Aardklop and the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees for Van Wyk Loots, as well as a 2016 Fiesta award. Comments have included:

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Tinarie van Wyk Loots and Paul du Toit in HEMELRUIM
Tinarie van Wyk Loots and Paul du Toit in HEMELRUIM

“Hemelruim is oorrompellende teater wat die aandig van al jou sinne opeis.” – Marina Griebenouw, Ink – Woordfees

“Hemelruim is pure teater, ’n visuele fees vir die oog en beslis ’n moet-sien produksie.” – Burger Meyer, Aardklop

Hemelruim is performed in Afrikaans with English surtitles.

Hemelruim is the translation of Broadway and West End runaway hit Constellations by Nick Payne, which won the 2012 Evening Standard Award for best new production. The play is a beautiful story of two souls who drift in and out of each other’s lives in an honest, raw and moving journey through stars filled with love, science and honey.

“Hemelruim is a wonderful exploration of the universe, string theory, relativity, bee-keeping and love,” says Scheepers. “How love might connect in parallel universes.”

Previously seen on the Fugard Theatre stage in the sold-out run of The Rocky Horror Show, Paul du Toit returns fresh from his Fleur du Cap win of Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical for his incredible transition as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He is also a much-loved screen actor in TV shows such as Binnelanders and 7de Laan and on the big screen in films such as Noem My Skolllie, Semi-Soet and Liefling die Movie.

In addition to her accolades for Hemelruim, Tinarie van Wyk Loots’ awards include a Kanna for Best Actress in Babbel and a Fleur du Cap nomination for her role as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits in her extensive career include Christiaan Olwagen’s Dogma, Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey, Die Kersieboord, In Glas, Lot, and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at Maynardville.

Director Nico Scheepers, who also created the design, music and translated the text for Hemelruim, comes to the Fugard hot off the run of his play Moedertaal at the KKNK, starring Sandra Prinsloo. Other of his acclaimed productions include Wentel with Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Rooivalk (which won the 2017 Kyknet Fiesta for Best Production) and the multiple-award winning Amper Vrystaat. He is currently working on Die Fliek, a translation of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer prize winning The Flick, and will collaborate with Hennie van Greunen for a new production at the Innibos Festival this year.

Hemelruim will run at the Fugard Studio Theatre, from 25 April to 13 May Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a 4pm matinee performance on Saturdays. The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town.

Tickets cost from R130 to R165 and can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

Harrington Street car park is located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons. Visit the cosy ground-floor bar, which opens two hours before all scheduled show times and stays open until last rounds are called… often as late as 1am. And if the weather is fine the bar on the fantastic rooftop terrace is opened, with its panoramic views of the city. Both bars offer a range of wines from some of the Cape’s top estates.

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