Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Abrahamse and Meyer Productions will bring a brand-new production of the much-loved Tennessee Williams masterpiece The Glass Menagerie to Artscape.
The Glass Menagerie, which made its debut in 1944, became an instant classic, went on to be translated into more than twenty languages, and is still regularly performed on stages across the world.Now, seventy-five years later, this new production will be staged from the 1 to 30 November 2019.
Leading the star-studded cast of the 2019 revival is doyenne of the South African stage, Fiona Ramsay, who plays the coveted role of Amanda Wingfield. Earlier this year Ramsay picked up a Best Actress nomination at the annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards for her tour-de-force portrayal of another Williams heroine, The Princess Kosmonopolis in Sweet Bird of Youth.
Matthew Baldwin and Jenny Stead star as the siblings Tom and Laura Wingfield. Baldwin has appeared in several Abrahamse and Meyer Productions, most recently playing Romeo in the company’s revival of Shakespeare’s R&J in Johannesburg and Leonard in Tennessee Williams’ In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel at the Vineyard Hotel. Stead was most recently seen in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Fatal Attraction and as Janet in the Fugard Theatre’s long running The Rocky Horror Show.
Rounding off the cast of four is Marcel Meyer in the role of the Gentleman Caller. Meyer is no stranger to the Williams oeuvre having played several of Williams’ leading men. Last month Meyer won acclaim in the USA for his portrayal of Reverend Shannon in Williams’ classic The Night of the Iguana at the annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival.
Creative team for The Glass Menagerie
Multi-award-winning Fred Abrahamse takes on dual duties as director and scenic designer. Abrahamse is internationally regarded as a leading exponent on the work of Williams, having directed twelve of the playwright’s plays on stages across the USA and South Africa. Abrahamse’s long-time collaborators, Marcel Meyer and Faheem Bardien join the creative team as costume [Meyer] and lighting [Bardien] designers.
Music plays a central role in Williams’ conception of The Glass Menagerie and to this end, Abrahamse and Meyer have commissioned Cape Town composer, Jaco Griessel to compose an original score for the production.
WHERE AND WHEN
1st November - 30th November