What’s On 2018-05-16T11:53:57+00:00

What’s On

What happened in the 2018 season of the Maynardville Open-Air Festival…

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphonic Shakespeare: 18 – 20 Jan

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra presents Symphonic Shakespeare, music by Tchaikovsky, Nicolai and more, illustrating some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays like Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Cape Town City Ballet

Les Sylphides and Firebird: 24 – 28 Jan

The Cape Town City Ballet presents the exotic Firebird.  In this sylvan setting, she flits through the trees as the evil Kotschei weaves his spells on the forest creatures.  The programme also features the classic Les Sylphides the first ever ballet performed at Maynardville in 1956.

Cape Town Comedy Club

Jesters in the Park: 31 Jan – 03 Feb

2018 sees the debut of “Jesters in the Park” produced by The Cape Town Comedy Club, and hosted by thespian legend, Rob Van Vuuren. This production showcases some of SA’s brightest stand-up talents under the Maynardville stars. This chance to laugh at the stars is not to be missed and best enjoyed with friends and family.

Siv Ngesi and Pink Couch Productions

The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare: 07 Feb – 01 Mar

This summer, Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes The Taming of the Shrew comes to life under the stars with a meeting of classical text and modern twist.  Tara Notcutt makes history with an all-female cast, something never before seen on a South African stage 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.

Music: (excerpts from) Bitch – Meredith Brooks / Big Pimpin’ – Jay-Z / No Diggity – Blackstreet / Pretty Fly for a White Guy – The Offspring / The Thong Song – Sisqo / Money – The Flying Lizards / Sex Bomb – Tom Jones / California – Dr Dre and Tupac / Crazy in Love – Beyonce and Jay-Z / She’s So High – Tal Bachman / I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden / Work It – Missy Elliot / Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg / In The Still of the Night – Boyz 2 Men / La Macarena – Los Del Rio / Stan – Eminem and Dido / Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

Synopsis: Student Lucentio arrives in Padua. He hears that the merchant Baptista has two daughters, but the younger, prettier daughter, Bianca, cannot be married before her strong-willed sister, Katherina. On seeing Bianca Lucentio falls in love with her and changes identities with his servant Tranio. Bianca already has two suitors, but doesn’t like either. The elderly Gremio hires Lucentio, disguised as a Latin tutor, to woo Bianca on his behalf, while Hortensio disguises himself as a musician to get access to her. Meanwhile Petruchio, a young adventurer from Verona, arrives to visit his friend Hortensio. He learns about Katherina and decides to woo her, aided by both Gremio and Hortensio.

Baptista is enthusiastic about Petruchio’s suit because the feisty Katherina is a burden to him and is continually quarrelling with her sister and with him. Petruchio will not be put off as he woos Kate and he fixes their wedding day. At the church, where Kate unwillingly awaits him, Petruchio arrives in an absurd outfit and after the ceremony he leaves for Verona immediately, with his new wife. On reaching there Kate is mistreated by Petruchio and his servants, and is denied food and sleep. To teach her to obey him Petruchio does not allow her new clothes or a hat. Eventually, worn down by her husband’s relentless treatment, Kate submits. They set off to visit her father in Padua.

On the journey the couple meet Vincentio, Lucentio’s wealthy father, who is subjected to a strange conversation as Petruchio tests Kate’s obedience. The three reach Padua where Hortensio, rejected by Bianca, has married a widow and Baptista and Vincentio attempt to unravel the complexities of Tranio disguised as Lucentio.  Just in time Lucentio returns from a secret wedding with Bianca.

A wedding feast is held for the newlyweds and Petruchio devises a competition to prove whose wife is most obedient!

Siyasanga Productions

Shakespeare’s Word Play: 11 Feb

Shakespeare’s words come alive in this read recital presented by Diane Wilson and Roy Sargeant.  This hour-long performance celebrates Shakspeare’s language, the history of Maynardville, and lots of jokes!

George Stevens Productions

Opera Summer Festival: 18 Feb

This opera gala brings you the much loved works of Verdi, Bellini, Britten and more to the Maynardville Open-Air Festival.  Starring Cecelia Rangwanasha (soprano), Noluvotiso Mpofu (soprano). Lunga Hallam (tenor) and George Stevens (bass Baritone), this gala brings the classics to life under the stars.

Janni Younge Productions

Derek Gripper @ Maynardville: 25 Feb

World renowned guitarist Derek Gripper will perform live under the stars for one night only on Sunday 25th February 2018. Drawing on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and even Indian classical music, he has created a new and beautiful guitar music which has carried him to the world’s stages including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. He comes to you at Maynardville, fresh from his winter North American tour

Vumani Choral Project

Classic Gospel: 04 Mar

An explosion of Gospel Classics, from sacred to new and popular joyous tunes, sung by a choir of 20 voices with classically trained lead singers, and accompanied by a live band.

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