Hg2 : The Hedonist

The Fugard

In a part of town-the burgeoning East City-that has only in recent years dropped its rougher associations and is now staking claim as Cape Town’s ‘Design District’, The Fugard opened its doors in 2010.  It’s quickly earned a reputation for attracting a more serious strain of theatre: Although it’s amongst the youngest of Cape Town’s theatres, it’s perhaps the city’s most grown-up, attracting many of the country’s most formidable performers and a string of world-class performances. Named in tribute to Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest living playwright (who received a lifetime achievement Tony Award in 2011), the theatre occupies an early-Twentieth Century warehouse complex; refurbished and refashioned and combined with part of an old Gothic-style church, architects have creates a suitably austere and (wait for it) dramatic space. It’s also very intimate: The main theatre seats just 250 patrons (be very wary of the “partial view” cheap seats, which are, in fact, spine-breaking bar stools affording hours of physical misery), and in July 2011 a new 150-seater Studio opened. It’s always worth checking out the roster of events here-besides excellent indigenous drama, it turns up some unexpected international gems, such as a miniature concert by that sublime country-punk singer-songwriter, Michelle Shocked, or Sir Antony Sher in a local production of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass. And, of course, regular performances of works by Fugard himself-sometimes he’s even spotted in the audience.

Caledon Street, District Six, East City,
City Bowl
+27 21 461 4554
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