Get Kinky at The Fugard

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THIS summer is set to be the hottest season yet with the scorching hit musical Kinky Boots that has been igniting the stage at The Fugard Theatre.

Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, the five-star South African premiere of this big hearted Tony Award-winning musical has been extended a final time due to overwhelming demand and is now booking until February 2, 2020.

Purchase a ticket to any show in December and have the exclusive opportunity to access the Kinky Lounge experience upstairs in The Fugard Studio Theatre. Revel in a range of delectable themed cocktails, selfie booths, chillout areas and fabulous music. What better way to kickstart the holiday season than in VVVIP fashion! The Kinky Lounge will be open before and after the show.

Photo by Claude Barnardo

There’s an extra special party planned for New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new decade in super-strutting style with the Kinky Boots team for an extraordinary celebration, including DJs and various party venues after the show. The performance on December 31 will begin at the later time of 9.30pm and a ticket includes access to the performance, a welcome glass of bubbly, a glass of bubbly after the show and all the live entertainment on offer until the early hours of the morning. The Fugard Theatre’s range of home-made pizzas will be available for sale on the evening.

Photo by Claude Barnardo

“With its universal story of love and acceptance, this huge hearted musical has been capturing the imaginations of all who have seen it, with many visitors returning multiple times,” says Daniel Galloway, managing director and producer of The Fugard Theatre. “Combine a captivating story with breathtaking choreography, glittering costumes, fabulous music and powerhouse performances, and you have the perfect mix for a festive season party!”

The production has received numerous five star reviews and comments such as: ‘a must see’ (Cape Argus);  ‘If the real world feels like a cold and nasty place, see this musical’ (Daily Maverick); ‘you’ll see it again, and again, and again… a sterling and classy production’ (Cape Talk);  ‘Flamboyant, fierce and fantastic’ (Theatre Scene Cape Town);  ‘A great big wow, it’s phenomenal’ (Eat Play Drink), and ‘get to this glamorously unforgettable hit’(Broadway World).

Photo by Claude Barnardo

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots was first brought to life on the big screen in 2005 before being transformed into a hit musical, winning six Tony and three Olivier Awards. It features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Choreography and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots has played to sold out houses on Broadway and in the West End since 2013. This mega-hit is a must see for all Musical Theatre fans.

The Fugard Theatre’s Kinky Boots direction is by Matthew Wild, musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot. Costume design is by Birrie Le Roux, set design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Tim Mitchell. Sound design is by Mark Malherbe.

A stellar local cast is led by Darren Craig (Grease, High School Musical) as shoe factory owner  Charlie Price and Earl Gregory (Into The Woods, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) in to the role of drag queen Lola.

The story: Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

This production has a recommended age restriction of no under 10 year olds.

Kinky Boots will be performed at The Fugard Theatre until February 2, 2020 on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays and on Sundays at 3pm. Additional performances on Sundays at 7pm will take place now until January 5, 2020. Tickets starting from R250 can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website. Tickets to the performance on New Year’s Eve cost from R470 to R700.

Access to the Kinky Lounge in the Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs; if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.

FEATURED IMAGE: Earl Gregory by JESSE KRAMER

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