Photo: John Hogg

Photo: John Hogg

Stage and screen

Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed! In this section, we provide information on current and forthcoming productions and adaptations from all over South Africa, as well as some reviews of recent productions and profiles of theatre practitioners and companies engaging with Shakespeare.

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Current and forthcoming productions | Reviews and profiles

Current and forthcoming productions

Symphonic Shakespeare (18 – 20 January 2018)


Performed by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Maynardville Open-Air FestivalCape Town.

Music by Tchaikovsky, Nicolai and more, illustrating some of Shakespeare`s most beloved plays like Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

For bookings and more information, click here.


The Taming of the Shrew (07 February – 01 March 2018)


Playing at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre, Cape Town.

Directed by Tara Notcutt.

This summer, 62 years after The Taming of the Shrew was performed as the very first Shakespeare on the Maynardville stage, Tara Notcutt makes history with an all-female cast, something never before seen on a South African stage.  Matters of gender, marriage, and family come together in this dark comedy of Kate, a headstrong woman, and her tempestuous relationship with Petruchio, the man who is set on wooing and winning her.

For bookings and more information, click here.


Shakespeare for Schools (2018)

In 2018, Grade 12 learners will study either Hamlet or Othello, selected by the Department of Basic Education, or Antony and Cleopatra, selected by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). Here are some performance groups who will be performing Shakespeare's plays live to South African learners  this year (watch this space for more details!):

  • National Children's Theatre (NCT)

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The National Children's Theatre (NCT) will be staging performances of Antony and Cleopatra in 2018 (directed by Neka da Costa). This will be a travelling, nationwide  production, with shows commencing in March. Visit their website and Facebook page for more information, and keep an eye on the Shakespeare ZA site and social media platforms for coverage.

  • Think Theatre Productions


Othello & Hamlet



Think Theatre will be touring productions of Othello and Hamlet. Have a look at their website and Facebook page. Also, check out our blog post ('Experiencing Think Theatre's Othello') on one of the shows last year! 


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.