Photo: John Hogg

Photo: John Hogg

New productions / events

Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed! In this section, we provide information on current and forthcoming South African productions and adaptations, as well as other Shakespeare-related events. There are also links to external reviews of productions from recent years. See our blog for Shakespeare ZA’s production reviews, as well as interviews with theatre practitioners engaging with Shakespeare.

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Current and forthcoming productions | Events | Reviews

Current and forthcoming productions


Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, Kunene and The King. Tickets can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website.

Jack Morris (Antony Sher) is a white South African classical actor who is well known for performing in Shakespeare roles. He’s been offered the title role in King Lear. He accepts it, and then discovers that he has liver cancer. He refuses to stay in the hospital and so discharges himself, and Lunga Kunene, a black South African (John Kani) becomes his at-home carer. The two men reflect on the politics of the country they live in, but in different ways.


ThinkTheatre's Othello now enters its eleventh year, and the company is mounting its fourth run of Hamlet. These productions are performed to tens of thousands of school learners every year.

Performances at the Etienne Rousseau Theatre (Sasolburg), the UJ Arts Centre (JHB) and the Brooklyn Theatre (PTA). For further details or bookings, contact Doreen (


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Monday 13 May 17:00

Before she travels to Cape Town to deliver the keynote address at the “Shakespeare and Social Justice” conference, Ayanna Thompson of Arizona State University is making a brief visit to Johannesburg, courtesy of the American Embassy and the African Centre for the Study of the United States at Wits University.


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Othello, directed by Claire Mortimer (Think Theatre). Reviewed on TheLuvvie.

Hamlet, directed by Clare Mortimer (Think Theatre). Reviewed  on TheLuvvie.

Twelfth Night, directed by Geoffrey Hyland (Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, Cape Town). Reviewed on WeekendSpecial and litnet. 

The Past is Prologue, directed by Tamar Meskin (University of KwaZulu-Natal): one and two

All's Well that Ends Well, directed by Geoffrey Hyland, Little Theatre (University of Cape Town), March-April 2016 [PDF].

Coriolanus, directed by Rohan Quince and Nicola Pilkington, National Children's Theatre (National School Tour), February-June 2016 [PDF].

DCoriolanus, directed by Myer Taub (University of Pretoria). Reviewed in Business Day.

Shakespeare in Love, directed by Greg Karvellas, (The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town). Reviewed on WeekendSpecial and Broadway World SA.