Press: Award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain for the Fugard Theatre

September 15, 2016

The acclaimed production of Keith Huff’s award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain transfers to the Fugard Studio Theatre, following a sold out season at the Alexander Bar, from 4 to 29 October.


Brent Palmer (The Kingmakers; Bench) and Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park; The Pervert Laura) star in this gritty, rich and entirely gripping noir tale of two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart.


The play is directed by Adrian Collins (Hamlet; Bench; The Birthday Party). Pauling and Collins were both nominated for Fleur du Cap awards this year, for Best Actor and Best New Director respectively.


A Steady Rain takes the audience on a riveting, relentless journey. Using razor-sharp story-telling, writer Keith Huff weaves the perspectives of two Chicago police officers, Joey and Denny, into a harrowing story. Long time partners and best friends, Joey and Denny have serious problems. Joey struggles with alcohol while he secretly obsesses over Denny's wife. Denny is resentful, aggressive and a racist cheater. During the course of the compelling and devastating narrative, the audience is kept white-knuckled right until the moment the lights go down.


Press comments from the previous run of this production included: “‘a cracker of a script… the synergy and electric energy between the pair...makes this a compelling piece of drama...remarkable” (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times); ‘gripping theatre that delivers everything promised by Keith Huff’s award-winning play’ (Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus) and ‘ ’n vuishou in die maag… 4 stars’ (Mariana Malan Die Burger).


“A Steady Rain is an incredible human story of two men,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard. “On Broadway, the play broke the record for the highest weekly gross of a non-musical production. Brent Palmer, Nicholas Pauling and Adrian Collins have done justice to Huff’s gripping text in this outstanding production.”


A Steady Rain will run at the Fugard Studio Theatre, from 4 to 29 October 2016 Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm. The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town. 


Tickets range from R130 – R150 and can be booked through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Bookings can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. There is a generous 15% discount available for the Friends of the Fugard members.

Harrington Street car park is located at the corner of Caledon and Harrington streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons. Visit thecosy ground-floor bar, where delicious snacks are also available, and which opens two hours before all scheduled show times and stays open until last rounds are called… often as late as 1am. And if the weather is fine the bar on the fantastic rooftop terrace is opened, with its panoramic views of the city. Both bars offer a range of wines from some of the Cape’s top estates.


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