Hemelruim extended due to overwhelming demand

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Paul du Toit and Tinarie van Wyk Loots in Hemelruim, which has been extended at the Fugard Studio Theatre until 20 May. Photo credit: Daniel Rutland Manners.
Paul du Toit and Tinarie van Wyk Loots in Hemelruim, which has been extended at the Fugard Studio Theatre until 20 May. Photo credit: Daniel Rutland Manners.

The run of multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed production Hemelruim has been extended at the Fugard Studio Theatre until Saturday 20 May.

Performances will be from Wednesday to Friday at 8pm and on Saturday at 4pm and 8pm.

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Featuring a stellar South African team of cast members Paul du Toit and Tinarie van Wyk Loots and director Nico Scheepers, Hemelruim won best actress awards at Aardklop and the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees for van Wyk Loots, as well as a 2016 Fiesta award. The rapturous review comments have included:

“Teater an hierdie aard maak dat sterre selfs op ‘n betrokke aand helder skyn … Five stars” Mariana Malan, Die Burger

“Van Wyk Loots is heartmelting as the bold, slightly goofy young woman of powerful intellect and strong emotional needs, her persona complemented by Du Toit’s Roelof.” Beverley Brommert, Cape Times

“Hemelruim verdien ’n hele handvol sterre.” Maryke Roberts, Litnet

“There should be a six-star exception to the five-star theatre production standard of excellence for Hemelruim currently onstage at the Fugard Theatre.” Barbara Loots, TheatreSceneCpt

“Hemelruim is as beautiful as it is profound, like everything we wish on those nights when, alone, we gaze upon the stars.” David Fick, Broadway World

‘a very special opportunity to experience theatre on a very deep level… achingly beautiful’ Megan Furniss, Weekend Special

“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 keep drifting in and out of each other’s’ lives, in an honest, raw and moving journey through the stars, filled with love, science and honey.

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, until Saturday 20 May at 8pm with a 4pm matinee performance on Saturdays (no performance Tuesday 16 May). 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 www.computicket.com 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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