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


The Magic Hour at the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), 20 October 2017, 19:00




The Magic Hour is part of an ongoing project centred around Arjun Raina's work with Kathakali and Shakespeare. It has previously been adapted and performed in India, Germany, Japan, France, Russia and Australia. In South Africa, Raina will be joined by Odissi dance specialist Lillian Warrum for an exciting and flamboyant evening of music, dance and theatre in which Indian classical dance forms meet Shakespeare’s Othello. This show is the final event of “Moving Shakespeare”, a gathering of theatre makers, dancers, choreographers and scholars at the Market Theatre Foundation in Johannesburg.

Mannie Manim Theatre, Market Theatre  

Free entry


Shakespeare in Love at The Fugard Theatre (Cape Town),

10 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017

Written by Lee Hall, adapted from the screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman - and following a season on the West End - a new, all South African production of Shakespeare in Love is set for the Fugard Theatre in October 2017!

Will Shakespeare has writer's block, and the deadline for his new play is fast approaching. Thus, he is in desperate need of inspiration - until he finds his muse, Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Shakespeare in Love premiered on the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in July 2014.

For bookings and more information, click here.



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 with Devaksha Moodley, Kamini Govender and Donna Steel (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.