4 things you need to know about Shakespeare in Love in CT

2017-10-11 05:00


Roxane Hayward, Dylan Edy
Roxane Hayward and Dylan Edy in Shakespeare in Love (Photo: Daniel Rutland Manners, Supplied)

Cape Town - An all-South African production of the West End smash hit comedy Shakespeare in Love comes to the Fugard Theatre in 2017 with some of the best acting talent in the country.

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Shakespeare in Love from Tuesday, 10 October 2017 at the Fugard Theatre.

1. What this theatre production is based on:

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.

The story: Young Will Shakespeare has writers 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.

2. Cast 

This South African premiere features 21 actors, and a dog. The stellar cast is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvell  (The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, CHAMP). 

Shakespeare in Love features Dylan Edy (New Boy, Hamlet, Origins) as Will Shakespeare:

Roxane Hayward (Blood Drive, Saints and Strangers) as Viola de Lesseps:

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. 

Here’s a look at the full cast:

Which includes this adorable dog named Bogart:

3. Costumes

Some of the costumes for the local production of Shakespeare in Love were imported from England. 

Here’s more info on the gorgeous ensembles: 

4. Tickets

Shakespeare in Love will run at the Fugard Theatre from 10 October 2017, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 with a 16:00 matinee performance on Saturdays and Sundays (except Sunday, 15 October). The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town. 

Tickets from R130 to R320 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through Computicket. There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members. 

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