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Entertainment Theatre Kat & the Kings Returns to Fugard Theatre

Kat & the Kings Returns to Fugard Theatre

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The award-winning South African musical created by David Kramer and the late Taliep Petersen is set to return for a summer season in Cape Town.

The Fugard Theatre's revival of Kat & the Kings opened in May this year, playing to capacity houses for four months. The consistently high demand for tickets led to three extensions and left local audiences wanting more. The Fugard Theatre General Manager, Daniel Galloway, announced this week that the hit Musical will be back on the Fugard boards from 24 November for the holiday season. He said, "We are so proud of our production of this South African classic. Seeing it grow from strength to strength has brought us such joy – what better way to spend the Summer Holidays than in the company of Kat Diamond and the Cavalla Kings? This is a fantastic show for the whole family!”

Kat & the Kings is set In Cape Town’s District Six in the late 1950s and explores the journey of teenager Kat Diamond and the a cappella group he forms, The Cavalla Kings. Veteran actor Danny Butler, who recently celebrated his 1 000th performance in the production since he took the role as Old Kat Diamond in 1995, reprises his role as the Old Kat. Dean Balie is the Young Kat Diamond, Grant Peres plays Bingo, Zak Toerien is Magoo, Carlo Daniels is Ballie and Amy Trout plays the part of Lucy.
 
After touring South Africa in 1996, the original production of Kat & the Kings played at the Tricycle Theatre in London 1998 and thereafter transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. In 1999 the production won two prestigious Olivier Awards - the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the entire cast won the award for Best Actor in a Musical - a first for a South African production. The musical then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony, a Drama League and 3 Drama Desk Awards.

Kat & the Kings is produced by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre and is directed by David Kramer who has dedicated this production of Kat & the Kings to the late Taliep Petersen.  

The return season opens on 24 November 2012 and runs throughout the holiday season. Tickets are R90 – R160 and are available at Computicket or 08619158000 and via the Fugard box office on 0214614554.