Cape Town's annual Shakespeare under the stars has delighted audiences for 62 years but 2018 will take the theatre tradition into a new era with an expanded classical experience called the Maynardville Open-Air Festival.
Showcasing a season of symphony, Shakespeare, ballet, comedy and more, the Festival weaves elements of Shakespeare into a selection of shows from 18 January - 3 March 2018.
The Maynardville Theatre Trust has partnered with Liquid Match productions, and is supported by Artscape, to bring the new Festival to life and sees well-known companies and producers contributing work to the line-up.
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Symphonic Shakespeare concerts (18-20 January) followed by Cape Town City Ballet with Les Sylphides and The Firebird (24-28 January). The Cape Town Comedy Club will present Jesters in the Park (with a nod to the Bard), a high profile stand-up comedy lineup hosted by Rob van Vuuren from 31 January till the 3 February.
The Shakespeare for 2018 is The Taming of the Shrew; a fitting return to the first ever Shakespeare presented at Maynardville, but this time reinvented and re-energised by Tara Notcutt, and produced by Siv Ngesi and The Pink Couch. Notcutt's all-female cast and pop treatment of the comedy is bound to shake up the stage between 7 February-3 March.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre: 18 January 2018 to 03 March 2018 Time: 20:15 - 22:30 Venue: Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, Wynberg, Cape Town Cost: R150-R220 and a special deal of R700 for all four opening nights on the program
More info: The venue is at 27 Piers Road Wynberg. There is parking in the streets surrounding the venue. Patrons may bring their own picnic to enjoy in the park beforehand or purchase refreshments at the theatre.
Contact: Brian Heydendrych Company name:Maynardville Festival Telephone number: 083 449 1000 Email address