Press: Friends of the Fugard Early-Bird Bookings now open for Kunene and The King

Friends of the Fugard Members have the exclusive opportunity to book for the highly anticipated brand new play KUNENE AND THE KING from today, Monday 5 November from 09h30. Registered Members can take advantage of the incredible Membership discounts and priority booking by calling The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company co-production which comes to The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019 for a strictly limited season, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. KUNENE AND THE KING is the new play by John Kani, directed by Janice Honeyman and starring John Kani and Sir Antony Sher.

The limited early-bird booking will be open to Friends of the Fugard Members for TWO WEEKS only. The wonderful offers for Friends of The Fugard Members include a 20% discount (one member, one ticket) on all Premium Priced Tickets for performances from 7 to 11 May 2019. 20% discounts on all Premium Priced tickets will also be available to Members for Thursday performances throughout the season and bookings can only be made through the box office. No other discounts will apply.

Bookings for all other patrons will open online and through the box office at 9am on Tuesday, 20 November. For patrons who are not currently a Friend of the Fugard Member, and wish to activate a membership to take up this early bird offer, they can do so by signing up on our website or by calling the box office on 021 461 4554.

“We have had a phenomenal response to the notification service for tickets that has been up on our website, and we would now like to reward our registered Friends of The Fugard Members. I encourage people who are not yet members to sign up and enjoy opportunities of great discounts, priority booking and more,” says Daniel Galloway, Managing Director of The Fugard Theatre. “It’s an honour to be partnering with The Royal Shakespeare Company on this production, and welcoming these three theatre greats back to our Theatre. Tickets are going to fly for this short season so don’t delay to book.”

In KUNENE AND THE KING, it is South Africa, 2019. Twenty five years since the first post-Apartheid democratic elections, two men from contrasting walks of life are thrust together to reflect on a quarter century of change. 

KUNENE AND THE KING is a moving and funny two-hander that provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid. Written by actor, activist and playwright, John Kani (The Tempest, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and movie Black Panther), who was last seen on The Fugard Theatre stage opposite Sandra Prinsloo in So Ry Miss Daisy, KUNENE AND THE KING reunites a powerhouse team with director Janice Honeyman (The Tempest, …Missing, Nothing But The Truth, Hello and Goodbye, The Fugard Theatre’s production of The Mother) and John Kani (The Tempest, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, So Ry Miss Daisy and movie Black Panther), performing opposite Sir Antony Sher (The Tempest, The Fugard Theatre’s production of Broken Glass, the RSC productions of King Lear, 2016 & 2018 and Death of a Salesman).

Design is by Birrie le Roux (Shakespeare in Love, King Kong, Orpheus in Africa). Lighting is by Mannie Manim (The Tempest, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Fugard Theatre productions of The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris).

KUNENE AND THE KING will be performed at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019 Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Non-Friends of The Fugard tickets, ranging from R190 to R340 can be booked from 20 November directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at

There is also a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students and block bookings for certain performances throughout the season. These discounted tickets can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office.

KUNENE AND THE KING has a recommended age restriction of no under 12 year olds.


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