BLOOD BROTHERS Extends to End of April 2014 at Fugard Theatre

BLOOD BROTHERS Extends to End of April 2014 at Fugard TheatreBLOOD BROTHERS, adapted and directed by David Kramer and produced by Eric Abraham and Pieter Toerien, has been extended its run at the Fugard Theatre until the end of April 2014 after bagging several nominations for Naledi and Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.

The production, which is co-produced by the Fugard Theatre and Theatre on the Bay, received five Johannesburg based Naledi Award nominations and two Cape Town based Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominations. The Fleur du Cap and Naledi events take place on 16 and 17 March in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.

Bianca Le Grange (Mrs Johnstone) and Andrea Frankson (Linda) have both been nominated in the categories of Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical respectively for both the Fleur du Cap and Naledi Awards.

David Kramer and Alistair Izobell have received a nomination in the Naledi category of Best Score / Arrangement / Adaptation, while Elton Landrew received a nomination for his role as the Narrator for the Montecasino Theatre season in the Naledi category of Best Actor in a Musical. The Production has been nominated in the Naledi category of Best Production of a Musical.

BLOOD BROTHERS tells the story of a mother who agrees, through absolute financial desperation, to give away one of her twin boys at birth. The moving story is set in Cape Town with a distinctly local flavour. David Kramer's adaptation, which has been highly praised by the media, marked the first time that author Willy Russell had ever granted permission for his musical to be adapted.

BLOOD BROTHERS has enjoyed phenomenal success in London, other parts of the world, and now South Africa where it has received rave reviews since opening at Theatre on the Bay last year before transferring to Johannesburg for a successful season at Montecasino. The production is now playing at the Fugard Theatre.

The show stars a talented all-local cast including Bianca Le Grange as Mrs Johnstone; singing sensation Alistair Izobell as the Narrator, Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winner Dean Balie as Eddie, Ephraim Gordon as Mickey, Carlo Daniels as Sammy, Marlo Minnaar as Mr Lyons and Lynelle Kenned as Mrs. Lyons. Andrea Frankson plays the role of Linda, while Shadley Schroeder, Junaid Booysen, Sue Pyler and Monique Rockman complete the excellent line up. Video design is by Matthew and Paul Kalil, Denis Hutchinson is the lighting designer and costumes are by Penny Simpson. Both Hutchinson and Simpson have been nominated in several categories at both the Naledis and the Fleur du Caps. The sound design is by the Red Hot Waves.

The production is running at the Fugard Theatre, from Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm and on Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, until the end of March 2014. From 1 April, performances take place from Wednesdays to Fridays at 8pm, at 4pm and 8pm on Saturdays and at 4pm on Sundays. Tickets ranging from R90 to R160 are available via Computicket or the theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Advance booking is recommended.

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