Press: Hit Broadway farce IT'S ONLY A PLAY to premiere at the Fugard

The cast has been revealed for The Fugard Theatre’s South African premiere production of Terrence McNally’s hilarious Tony Award winning farce IT’S ONLY A PLAY.  


Presented by The Fugard Theatre, IT’S ONLY A PLAY will run in The Fugard Theatre from 14 April 2020. The production will be directed by The Fugard Theatre’s Artistic Director Greg Karvellas (‘Master Harold’…and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, The Father, Shakespeare in Love, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act).


IT’S ONLY A PLAY, written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, is a celebration of theatre at its best … and theatre people behaving at their not-so-best. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender – and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.


It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play The Golden Egg, and he’s anxiously waiting to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big Opening Night with his “best” friend, a television star, his novice producer, his doped-up diva, his genius director, a lethal drama critic and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan.


The mouthwatering line up for the all South African cast includes Andrew Laubscher (The Rocky Horror Show, Swerfgoed) as Peter Austin; Dianne Simpson (Kinky Boots, Into The Woods) as Julia Budder; Nicholas Pauling (The Hucksters, The Father) as James Wicker; Darron Araujo (Shakespeare in Love, Champ) as Ira Drew; Genna Galloway (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) as Virginia Noyes; Sven Ruygrok (Shakespeare in Love, Equus) as Frank Finger and Tristan de Beer (Macbeth, Hamlet) as Gus P Head.


IT’S ONLY A PLAY is written by Terrence McNally and directed by Greg Karvellas. Set Design is by Niall Griffin based on the Original Set Design by Saul Radomsky. Lighting Design is by Luke Ellenbogen, Costume Design is by Widaad Albertus and Sound Design is by David Classen.  

Reviews for the hit Broadway production include “Hilarious! The hottest ticket in town – and rightly so” (The Wall Street Journal); “It's Only A Play is 'Wickedly Funny…You won't want the night to end!”(Associated Press) and,  “Terrence McNally’s ‘It’s Only A Play’ is that rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny” (Newsday).


“We’re so excited that The Fugard Theatre’s first farce is the South African premiere of this Broadway hit,” says Lamees Albertus, General Manager and Producer of The Fugard Theatre. “It’s fitting that the wicked fun all takes place around a theatre production.  We’re also honoured that It's Only A Play showcases the last original set design by our friend, the late, great Saul Radomsky.”


IT’S ONLY A PLAY will be performed in The Fugard Theatre from 14 April on Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with matinees on Saturday and Sundays at 3pm.


Tickets from R210 to R350 can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at



There is a 20% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members for selected performances. These discounted tickets can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office. Not yet a Friends of The Fugard member? Sign up now at the box office or online for priority booking and great specials!


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