A Night at the Musicals

Theatre on The Bay

17 September – 5 October

Two of South Africa’s best-loved entertainers join forces for the very first time to create a truly memorable musical show. The ever-popular André Schwartz and Coenie de Villiers have collaborated to bring us the heartfelt GRENSLOOS. Says Coenie: “For years we’ve been threatening to create a show together. This is it!”

“There are actually four of us on stage, the “other two” being twin grand pianos because we both play piano during the performance. Everybody knows that André is a singer of international renown but not everyone realizes that he is also a whizz behind the keyboard,” declares Coenie. “It’s also a quieter and more introspective musical show.”

GRENSLOOS means “without borders”, as well as not weeping about something. But why this title? “We wanted to create an experience that would cross boundaries and borders,” says André. “There are wonderful but less well-known songs from France and Holland in the show, and of course also from South Africa. We sing some of our own compositions as well, a few of which have never been heard before by our fans. We aim to present a show without compromises – without borders, as it were – one never knows when the chance will come around again.”

During the concert André and Coenie also reminisce over their first recordings – some of which go back all the way to the seventies. “It’s a bit like reviewing the faded photos of one’s matric farewell,” they joke. “Hopefully both of us have matured over the years. Now we have the confidence to do the things we have always wanted to do. And, of course, it’s great working together. We should have done it years ago!”
Coenie and André grow serious for a moment: “We think ours is a positive gig. We don’t bemoan our lot in life, or cry about anything. It’s incredible to discover the spectrum of songs that conveys precisely this affirmative message of live and let live. Not only across the borders of countries, but also spanning the divides between people, cultures and genders. When all is said and done, people remain just that: people.”

Come and celebrate life in word and song with two of South Africa’s foremost entertainers.

The debut presentation of GRENSLOOS took place at a sold-out performance at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on the 28th of April, during which the audience was carried away. “It was great receiving a standing ovation in the middle of the show,” both musicians laugh.

Both André and Coenie are looking forward to present GRENSLOOS at the magnificent Theatre on The Bay in Cape Town. Both believe it to be one of the most beautiful venues in the country. “And, of course, it’s next to one of the most stunning beaches in the world!

Friday 19 July at 20h00
Saturday 20 July at 20h00
Sunday 21 July at 15h00

At Theatre On The Bay – Camps Bay
Bookings at Computicket or (021) 438-3301

Booking link -> https://tickets.computicket.com/…/andre_schwartz_co…/7097657

 

MACBETH

Enter Shakespeare’s darkest, bloodiest (and shortest) tragedy. Spectacularly staged, costumed and lit by the brilliant team of Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer of Abrahamse and Meyer Productions.

A brilliant all male cast bring life to this dark tale of ambition, treachery and murder in a way that only Abrahamse is able to achieve, telling a story as current today as it was centuries ago.

A satisfying theatrical experience as any you are likely to experience anywhere.

While those still studying the work will reap huge benefits and insights from attendance, so too will any theatre-goer who is merely there to be entertained by theatre of a world class.

A remarkable production.

In it’s earlier Johannesburg run, MACBETH has garnered an impressive 9 Naledi Theatre Nominations:

Best Production of a Play; two nominations for Best Supporting/Featured Actor in a Play; Best Lead Performance in a Play; Best Ensemble; Best Original Score; Best Lighting and Best Costume Design.

MACBETH is on the boards at The Theatre on The Bay from 15 May – 1 June

OFFBEAT BROADWAY 5

In it’s 5th incarnation….

They’re older….

Not necessarily wiser…..

And this time they’ve teamed up with non-other than the wackiest of them all, Alan Committie!…..

It’s a recipe for Broadway mayhem!

The brilliant Anton Luitingh, Paul Du Toit and Lindy Abromowitz, still together after ALL these years, are bringing us a brand new take on all of your favourite broadway songs, just not in the way that you thought was possible!

OFFBEAT BROADWAY 5 – BEHAVING BADLY leaves nothing more to be said and only now needs to be experienced for the brilliance of it all to be believed!

Season is limited, so get booking!

24 April – 11 May

 

Graham Hopkins and Sven Ruygrok will star in a new production of Equus, directed by Fred Abrahamse for Pieter Toerien.Peter Shaffer’s iconic psychological thriller Equus stars Graham Hopkins as psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart and Sven Ruygrok as 17-year-old Alan Strang – a stable boy who has been arrested for blinding six horses with a metal spike.

With its controversial nude scene and simulated sex act, Equus still causes quite a stir amongst theatre-goers wherever it is performed around the world; most recent being a production starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Strang. Pieter Toerien’s 1985 highly-acclaimed production of Equus at the Alhambra Theatre introduced a young and talented Jeremy Crutchley to an adoring South African public. The role of Dysart has also been played by a glowing list of stars over the years including Anthony Hopkins and Leonard Nimoy.

This gripping new production is directed by Fred Abrahamse (Macbeth, Hamlet)

Abrahamse’s long-time collaborators, Marcel Meyer and Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, join the creative team as designer [Meyer] and composer [Lingenfelder] while celebrated choreographer Marc Goldberg [Mozart and Salleri & The Vortex] creates specialised movement and choreography for this exciting production.

The cast, along with Graham and Sven, includes Monique Basson, Maggie Gericke, Andrew Roux, Marc Goldberg, Cassandra-Tendai Mapanda and Len-Barry Simons.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to brutally blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by reckless consumerism.

Read here what the critics are saying:

Equus plays at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 26 April – 26 May.

Equus is a MUST SEE!

Equus is a psychological thriller and deals with sensitive subject matter. There is also nudity and simulated sex.

A No under 16’s age restriction is recommended. 

If you need anymore convincing, read what the press have to say here!

Pieter Toerien presents, by unprecedented public demand, 

the final victory lap tour of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!

This hilarious comedy returns to

Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from 7 December – 6 January, 2019

Directed by Alan Committie

 The crazy cast of eight features Daniel Janks, Nicole Franco, Sive Gubangxa, Louis Viljoen, Craig Jackson, Roberto Pombo and Russel Savadier and welcoming Antony Coleman to the mad-house!

 …plus the industry’s bravest stage crew, all aiming to keep the curtain up no matter what happens on the custom-made R500 000.00 set designed by Nigel Hook.

The plot revolves around an accident prone and completely inept Drama Society who receives an unexpected financial legacy.

The amateur group decides to put the windfall to good use. But when they attempt to put on a complicated 1920s murder mystery play, all hell breaks loose.

Everything that can possibly go wrong does, to hilarious effect, and audiences find the resulting chaos so funny that the entire theatre ends up in complete, total, happy disarray, night after night.

 Excellent comedy timing, expert verbal and physical funnies, it’s one of the best comedies to hit the stage for some time.  

 What the press have said: 

“The Play That Goes Wrong is hilariously bonkers, but be warned, rather than just tickling your funny bone, you might actually be at risk of fracturing it. Thank goodness for the armrests, probably the only thing that prevented certain audience members from actually rolling in the aisles. “ – What’s On In Jo’burg

“It’s all about good actors acting badly to make a good show. More than good – bloody brilliant. Do yourself a favour and catch this one. Like me, you may be bowled over …” – Weekend Special

 “I’d watch this lovely lunacy in again in an instant” –  Daily Maverick

The Play That Goes Wrong is an excellent example of how top-notch directing, acting, lighting, costuming, music and sets can keep an audience laughing for two hours” – The Cape Times

Tickets available from https://online.computicket.com/web/event/the_play_that_goes_wrong/1250343226/0/89265352

 R100 – R240 in Johannesburg

Group bookings:

geraldine@montetheatre.co.za / (011) 511-1988

FOUR LOVE is a feast for theatre lovers of scenes from the most brilliant English playwrights of the twentieth century. Noel Coward, Alan Bennett, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Michael Frayn and more played by four English actors who love performing them.

A unique, not to be missed theatrical experience!

Renowned South-African guitarist JAMES GRACE in association with Carli Spanish Dance Productions and Ilse Moore underwater photography present RECUERDOS; an all-Spanish guitar and dance program featuring the music of composers including Albeniz, de Falla, Rodrigo and Tarrega. Allow the sway of skirts electrified with Spanish dances and the sounds of guitar and castanets, transport you to the beauty and romance of Spain.

RECUERDOS returns to THEATRE ON THE BAY from 19-23 March only.

For more info visit jamesgrace.co.za and ilsemoore.com

 

 

For two weeks only, popular musical theatre star JONATHAN ROXMOUTH returns to the Theatre on the Bay to perform the words and music of titan composers Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Between these gentleman, the musical theatre was reshaped and revitalised.

Covering works that include WEST SIDE STORY, CANDIDE, ON THE TOWN, SWEENEY TODD, INTO THE WOODS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CATS, SUNSET BOULEVARD and many more, Roxmouth will tell you the stories of the composers themselves through the music they have given the world.\Accompanied by renowned conductor LOUIS ZURNAMER and directed by WESLEE SWAIN LAUDER, this is a intimate evening of theatre-lover`s music guaranteed to entertain and enthral.

 

10 APRIL – 21 APRIL 2018.

Tickets range from R120 – R220

LONDON STAR PATRICK RYECART in Noel Coward’s Comedy
PRESENT LAUGHTER
Supported by a star-studded local cast
Directed by FRED ABRAHAMSE
Theatre On The Bay from 16 February to 10 March 2018.

To celebrate 30 years of world-class entertainment at Theatre on the Bay Pieter Toerien has assembled a star-studded cast to bring Noël Coward’s timeless comedy, Present Laughter to sparkling life in a vibrant new production that promises to be the must-see theatre event this summer.

West End star, Patrick Ryecart (The King’s Speech, Parting Shots, Agatha Christie’s Poirot) leads the company, starring as Gary Essendine, a flamboyant leading-man finding himself in the middle of a mid-life crisis.

Coward created the role as a tour-de-force star vehicle for himself and Gary Essendine remains one of Coward’s most unforgettable characters.

Apart from Coward’s memorable turn in the part in 1942 and 1947, several of the world’s greatest actors have been drawn to Essendine’ s protean charms. Most recently Kevin Klein won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance in the latest Broadway revival of the play.

Supporting Mr. Ryecart is a veritable who’s who of South African theatre stars.

The vivacious Kate Normington plays Gary’s estranged wife, Liz while the multi-talented Michelle Maxwell plays Gary’s long-suffering secretary, Monica. Erudite Cape Talk personality, John Maytham, returns to the Theatre on the Bay stage as Hugo, Gary’s producer, while Marcel Meyer plays his highly-strung director, Morris. Dean Roberts and Jo da Silva play loyal valet Fred and eccentric house-keeper Miss Erikson.

Newcomers, Matthew Baldwin and Skye Russell star as Roland Maule, an eccentric aspiring playwright and Daphne Stillington, a star-struck ingenue, both obsessed with Gary while Nicole Franco brings her elegant allure to the glamorous role of Joanna, the stylish seductress with her own sights set on Gary.

Award-winning director, Fred Abrahamse will be at the helm of this unforgettable production while Marcel Meyer will be responsible for the sumptuous designs conjuring up the elegant world of London Theatre in the late 1930s.

For three decades Theatre on the Bay has been the Mother City’s premiere home for live entertainment and world-class theatre and Pieter Toerien has spared no expense in bringing Cape Town Theatre lovers one of the greatest comedies of all time in an incandescent new production marking this memorable mile-stone.

Tickets from R120 – R220

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Triple Fringe First-winner Andrew Buckland stars as Paul, husband to Sara (performed by Jennifer Steyn), who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and befriends and consults with Professor James (played by Mncedisi Shabangu) who quietly tries to save him from the inconvenience of his wings.

Leading South African writer and director Lara Foot’s latest play is a powerful and poignant drama about friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. It makes for compelling viewing with burning contemporary themes such as bi-polar disorder and compulsion and its devastating effect on the family. Set in a landscape of memory and dreams this play cuts close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted. Earlier this year it won the prestigious 2017 Fleur du Cap Best director, actor and actress awards.

PRESS RELEASE

Since its premiere in 2016 Lara Foot’s award-winning latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, has received sold-out success in South Africa at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

In 2017 the play received the coveted Fleur du Cap awards for Best Director (Foot), Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) and Best Actress (Jennifer Steyn).

Foot, the 2016 National Arts Festival Featured Artist and a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre winner, has assembled a stellar cast and creative team comprising Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu.

Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings, tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings.

The play is, at its heart, a love story, which make for compelling viewing with burning contemporary themes such as bi-polar disorder and compulsion and its devastating effect on the family. It cuts close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted.

The media and audiences raved about the production. John Maytham from Cape Talk gave it a glowing thumbs up, saying, “If there is a better piece of theatre at the Festival, please lead me to it … It is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss … Be there, and tot up the number of awards for which it will be nominated, most of which it will win. It’s that good.” Steve Kretzmann from Critter was equally encouraging referring to it as “… masterful direction” and “… the casts’ acutely magnificent performance … an engrossing, consummate performance… ”

Further praise came from Tony Jackman for the Daily Maverick who said, “Again, I take my hat off to Foot. She gets it, she truly, deeply, gets it across in this most excellent play … once you get into the meat of the story it grips you and takes you all the way.” Mariana Malan from Die Burger called it “… amazing theatre” and Dylan Stewart for Cue Media wrote, “This world premiere is another badge of honour for Foot. It confirms her reputation as a gifted playwright who makes unapologetic theatre with global import.”

This powerful and poignant new drama was inspired by author Abraham J Twerski`s book Addictive Thinking that examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self as well as conversations on bipolar disorder that Foot had with celebrated psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann. It was further stirred by her father who has suffered from dementia for more than a decade.

Lara is the CEO and artistic director of the Baxter Theatre Centre and a former Rolex protégé to Sir Peter Hall in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She has become known and respected for her own hard-hitting plays, which sensitively and creatively, tackle social issues in South Africa and for which she has won several awards.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

The Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town, in association with Assembly Festival and Riverside Studios, present

THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS

Written and directed by: Lara Foot

Cast:

  • Sara Jennifer Steyn
  • Paul Andrew Buckland
  • Professor James Mncedisi Shabangu

Set designer: Patrick Curtis

Lighting designer: Mannie Manim

Composer/ sound designer: Philip Miller

Choreographer: Grant van Ster

Costume designer: Birrie le Roux

Dialogue coach: Lesley Nott Manim

Scene titles designer: Sanjin Muftic

First performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Duration: 80 minutes, no interval

Age restriction: 16 (Nudity, Language)

WHAT THE EDINBURGH MEDIA SAID

***** “a beautifully modulated work … should not be missed” – British Theatre Guide

 

***** “Jennifer Steyn … delivers an unforgettable performance” – British Theatre Guide

 

***** “magnificent piece of work” – Edinburgh Guide

 

*****“Through the virtuosity of the writer and the mastery of the performers, this production cannot go unwatched … Steyn, Buckland and Shabangu are breathtaking.” – Edinburgh Guide

 

***** “Anyone who has any connection with the above affairs will feel a strong affiliation to this magnificent piece of work.” – Edinburgh Guide

 

**** “… Steyn’s performance must be one of the finest of The Fringe, offering tremendous, desperate insight into the toll mental illness takes not only on its victims, but also on those who love them and whom they love in return.’ – The Scotsman

 

**** “utterly involving piece.” – The Wee Review

 

**** “it’s hard to imagine anyone leaving the auditorium without some strings of emotion, such is the impact and import of this piece.” – The Wee Review

 

“It’s no surprise that the play earned the triple gongs of Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2017 Fleur du Cap theatre awards”

 

**** “Taking a fearless look at mental illness.” – Ed Fest Magazine

 

**** “Lara Foot has created a powerful narrative that is honest in its portrayal yet creative in its approach, making for excellent storytelling” – Ed Fest Magazine

 

**** “This story is incredibly significant for those who have or know someone who suffers from mental illness.” Ed Fest Magazine

 

**** Writer and director, Lara Foot has created a powerful narrative that is honest in its portrayal yet creative in its approach, making for excellent storytelling.” Ed Fest Magazine

 

WHAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN MEDIA HAVE SAID

If there is a better piece of theatre at the Festival, please lead me to it … It is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss … Be there, and tot up the number of awards for which it will be nominated, most of which it will win. It’s that good.” – John Maytham, Cape Talk

 

Writer-director Lara Foot’s The Inconvenience of Wings is a mature master work whose literary heft and dramatic gravitas places her in the same league as contemporary South African dramatists the calibre of Athol Fugard, Paul Slabolepszy and Mike van Graan.

 

In the early 21st Century this window into dementia and bi-polar disorder, embedded in the tragi-comedy of life, realised with conceptual clarity and perceptive veracity, has a universal resonance and relevance. As important as this challenging text is it would be difficult to imagine this delicately directed, finely written, anatomy of the human condition brought to life – totally embodied – without the visceral physicality, naked emotional honesty and searing integrity of Andrew Buckland as Paul, Jennifer Steyn as his wife Sarah and Mncedisi Shabangu’s authoritative Prof James, the psychiatrist.  – Adrienne Sichel The Ar(t) chive , Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg

 

“… masterful direction … the casts’ acutely magnificent performance … the actors who provided an engrossing, consumate performance… ” – Steve Kretzmann, Critter

 

“… a precious, honest, witty, well-informed, raw, pure piece of South African theatre.” – Thola Antanamu, WhatsoninCapeTown

 

“The Inconvenience of Wings a Triumph for Lara Foot … sophisticated and literate … richly textured …” – David Fick, broadwayworld.com

 

“Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu all deliver meaningful work in this production under the playwright’s own skilfully shaped direction of this piece.” – David Fick, broadwayworld.com

 

“This play belies its genre with moments of symbolism and seduce us to contemplate situations and emotions from which many of us are thankfully removed, the intricacy and delicacy of which is strengthened to invulnerable proportions thanks to the vitality of its portrayal.” – Steve Kretzmann, Critter

 

“… together with Karoo Moose and Tshepang, The Inconvenience of Wings will take pride of place alongside these iconic works in the definitive local theatrical canon …” Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

 

“A discordant note I could not discern in this play, the realism of which was echoed in the craftsmanship of the appropriately raked box set that placed all the action in an interior setting which none of the characters ever exited. The way this is played out is a further masterstroke of direction, the character absent from dialogue fading into the dark grey walls, the colour of which further emphasised the oppression of the monotonous landscape of emotion Sara was expected to accept being forced into.” – Steve Kretzmann, Critter

 

“This world premiere is another badge of honour for Foot. It confirms her reputation as a gifted playwright who makes unapologetic theatre with global import.” – Dylan Stewart, Cue Media

 

“Again, I take my hat off to Foot. She gets it, she truly, deeply, gets it across in this most excellent play … once you get into the meat of the story it grips you and takes you all the way.” – Tony Jackman, Daily Maverick

 

“… amazing theatre” – Mariana Malan, Die Burger

 

“To watch the breakdown is not easy. The saving factor is there is also tenderness, humour and something that borders on inspiration that unfolds before your eyes. – Mariana Malan, Die Burger

 

“The Inconvenience of Wings keeps you well-grounded by hypnotically luring you into an almost meditative state as you experience the characters take flight…” – Barbara Loots, Scene It

 

“Foot has woven together an emotive, beautifully delicate production …”- Barbara Loots, Scene It

 

“It’s a powerful, fascinating and frightening play that stuns in both senses of the word.” – Lesley Stones, Artslink

 

LARA FOOT BIOGRAPHY

Lara Foot is a multi-award-winning playwright, director and producer. She is the CEO and artistic director of the Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town; a former Rolex protégé to Sir Peter Hall in the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé programme as well as a Sundance Fellow.

She is also executive producer of (amongst others), the hit productions Mies Julie and The Fall which have both received international acclaim.

Lara completed her BA (Hons) degree at Wits University in 1989 and in 2007 attained her Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town. In 2005 she became the Resident Director and Dramaturge at the Baxter Theatre Centre – a post which she held until 2007. In January 2010 she became the first female to be appointed as CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter.

With a passion for the development of new indigenous work, young writers and directors, she has put most of her energy into helping playwrights and theatre-makers realise their work, having nurtured several dozen new South African plays to their first staging. She has directed over 50 professional productions, 38 of which have been new South African plays.

Since heading up the Baxter Theatre Centre she has, together with a dynamic team, transformed the theatre’s development programme – the Zabalaza Theatre Festival – to become recognised and respected as one of the most vital and important platforms of its kind in South Africa. As a former Rolex protégé, she hosted a unique cultural gathering at the Baxter with renowned Mentors William Kentridge, Wole Soyinka and Peter Sellars, alongside seven protégés.

Lara worked at The Market Theatre under the mentorship of Barney Simon and in 1996 became Resident Director and from 1998 to 2000 she was the Associate Artistic Director. She wrote and co-directed (with Gerhard Marx) the interdisciplinary short film And There in the Dust, which won five international awards and two Golden Horn awards and was selected to be part of the Sundance Film Writer’s Lab in 2007 and the Sundance Film Director’s Lab in 2008.

In 2016 she was the Featured Artist at the 43rd National Arts Festival, leading the charge on the Main programme which is made up of 80% of work written, directed, curated or headlined by women. This, two decades after she was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Drama.

With a host of South African theatre accolades to her name, her own hard-hitting plays tackle social issues in South Africa and these have earned her great respect and recognition locally and internationally.

Tshepang, Hear And Now, Reach, Karoo Moose, Solomon and Marion (all published by Oberon Books), Fishers of Hope and The Inconvenience of Wings are just a few of her plays which have won multiple awards and that have toured internationally with great success.

Fishers of Hope scooped four awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards in Johannesburg, including the coveted Best Production of a Play accolade. Earlier this year her latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, earned her the Best Director honour, along with the Best Actress (Jenifer Steyn) and Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) nods at the 2017 Fleur du Cap awards. She also clinched three awards (Best Director, Best Production of a Play and Best Actress (Chuma Sopotela), for her play Karoo Moose at the 2017 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (the largest Afrikaans Festival in South Africa.

In August 2017 she achieved the rare distinction of taking six Baxter Theatre Centre productions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as executive producer of the season in a programme which included three of her own productions.