After a sold out 6 weeks season at the Fugard, King Kong returns by overwhelming public demand for the end of year holiday season – book your seats today!
For those Capetonians who missed out or who want to return with friends and family, the good news is that the Fugard Theatre has announced a return run for the holiday season from 12 December and bookings are now open through Webtickets or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
More than half a century since the first performance in 1959, the Fugard Theatre’s production of this iconic and historic musical has receivedfive star reviews and rapturous audience responses. King Kong tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini whose self-appointed ring name was “King Kong” to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza.
“The original production of King Kong united audiences of all races – at the height of apartheid – and was a celebration of South African talent,”says Daniel Galloway the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “We have been delighted to see that audiences from all walks of life and across several generations have enjoyed the 2017 production which is itself a celebration of our outstanding local talent.”
The Fugard Theatre’s King Kong is directed by Jonathan Munby who directed the Fugard Theatre’s production of A Human Being Died That Night with Noma Dumezweni (the only double Olivier award-winning Southern African actor) amongst many other international productions. Following King Kong Munby directs Sir Ian McKellen in Shakespeare’s King Lear for the Chichester Festival in the UK.
The original production featured music by Todd Matshikiza, lyrics and original book by Pat Williams and book by Harry Bloom. The revised book (with additional lyrics) is by Academy award nominated screenwriter and playwright William Nicholson (Shadowlands, Gladiator, Les Miserables, Sarafina, Long Walk to Freedom). South African choreographer star and recent French Legion D’Honneur recipient Gregory Maqoma choreographs King Kong to the irresistible original music of the late great South African composer Todd Matshikiza.
The Fugard Theatre’s production sees Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (West Side Story, Funny Girl, Cabaret) and Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba with additional music and arrangements by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder.
Set design is by Paul Wills (A Human Being Died That Night, Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet, West End – Wyndham’s Theatre – David Mamet’s American Buffalo); Costume design by Birrie le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa, District Six: Kanala); Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell (A Human Being Died That Night; Royal Shakespeare Company’s King Lear with Antony Sher – Associate artist RSC/Chichester Festival Theatre) and Sound Design by Mark Malherbe (West Side Story, Funny Girl). The associate director is Mdu Kweyama.
A live 9-piece band, under the direction of Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba, accompanies the action at every performance.
Cast & Creative
- Todd Matshikiza Original Music
- Pat Williams Lyrics and Original First Draft Book
- Harry Bloom Book
- Jonathan Munby Director
- William Nicholson Revised Book and Additional Lyrics
- Charl-Johan Lingenfelder Additional Music and Arrangements
- Gregory Maqoma Choreography
- Paul Wills Set Design
- Tim Mitchell Lighting Design
- Birrie le Roux Costume Design
- Charl-Johan Lingenfelder Musical Director
- Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba Musical Director
- Mdu Kweyama Associate Director
- Mark Malherbe Sound Design
- Richard Lothian Fight Choreography
- Eric Abraham Producer
- Daniel Galloway Producer
- Lamees Albertus Associate Producer
- Greg Karvellas Associate Producer
- Jack Sidey (London) Associate Producer