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Quartet at Theatre on the Bay

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A wicked, funny, joyous play about art, the eccentricities of age and the celebratory power of the human spirit.

The setting is a retirement home for musicians. Three elderly former opera singers, who often worked together, are sitting out on the terrace. Reginald is quietly reading a serious book, but Wilfred is chuckling about sex, as he regards Cissy lying back and listening to music through her headphones. The tranquillity of their summerís day is about to be shattered by the surprise arrival of Jean, a major star in her day, to whom Reginald was once unhappily married. Is there any chance that these four will ever sing together again? A gala concert is about to take place at the retirement home to celebrate Verdiís birthday. Three of the four are keen to recreate the third act quartet from Rigoletto and one isnít Ö

Born in Cape Town and schooled at Sea Point High, Sir Ronald Harwood moved to London after matriculating, to pursue a career in the theatre. After training for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Shakespeare Company of Sir Donald Wolfit and from 1953 to 1958 was Sir Donald's personal dresser. He would later draw on this experience when he wrote the stage play, The Dresser. Harwood continued at a prolific pace, penning more than 21 stage plays and 10 books. He is best known for his screenplays for the films The Browning Version, The Dresser, Being Julia, and Roman Polanskiís version of Oliver Twist. He won an Academy Award for the script of The Pianist, and received his third Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2007 for The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, for which he also won a BAFTA and the Prix Jacques du Scenario. In June 2010, he received a knighthood for service to theatre.

Quarter is on at the Theatre on the Bay Wednesday 14 March to Saturday 07 April 2012 Tue Ė Sat @ 8.00pm / Saturday 31 March at 3.00pm & 8.00pm / Saturday 07 April at 5.00pm & 8.00pm
Tickets R80 Ė R160 Book at Computicket or 021 438 3300.