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Solomon and Marion's triumphant return

Winner of two Fleur du Cap Awards and nominated for another four, Solomon and Marion makes a triumphant return to Cape Town's Baxter Theatre following a successful run in Johannesburg (and before it performs at the Edinburgh Festival). Starring Dame Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony, the play tells the story of two injured souls searching for redemption in an attempt to turn darkness into hope.
Solomon and Marion's triumphant return

"The play was inspired by a conversation I had with psychotherapist Tony Hamburger," said writer and director Lara Foot. "It was motivated, in a sense, by a time in Cape Town when South Africa felt desperate both politically and socially. The actor Brett Goldin was murdered in 2006, just before the company was due to leave for Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK to perform in the Baxter Theatre Centre's production of Hamlet (which Janet directed) at the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works Festival. So sifting through all this, I found a symbol of life that exists in unlikely relationships."

A world-class actress

Solomon and Marion's triumphant return

Suzman, who received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her lead in the film Nicholas and Alexandra, stars alongside newcomer Khayalethu Anthony, selected from 14 actors who went through a rigorous audition process. "I started Googling the name 'Janet Suzman' just after I heard that I got the role," Anthony said. "I felt like I [had] a mountain to climb. She is a world-class actress with an incredible performance reputation. To share the same stage with one of the finest actors in the world is more than a privilege for me; it is more than an honour. It just simply is the best thing that has happened to me in my life."

Salmon and Marion is at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre until 20 July. Tickets are available from Computicket.

About Eugene Yiga

Eugene graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinctions in financial accounting and classical piano. He then spent over two-and-half years working in branding and communications at two of South Africa's top market research companies. Eugene also spent over three-and-a-half years at an eLearning start-up, all while building his business as an award-winning writer. Visit www.eugeneyiga.com, follow @eugeneyiga on Twitter, or email moc.agiyenegue@olleh to say, um, hello.

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