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Monday, March 2, 2020


The nominees for the prestigious 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards have been unveiled.

Now, the countdown begins to the gala awards function on March 22, 2020, when the winners in this performing arts calendar highlight will be announced. The showcase is to be hosted at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Established in 1965, the annual awards known as South Africa’s leading performing arts competition, focuses on professional theatre productions staged in Cape Town and environs. It is sponsored by Distell and has served as launching pad for many of the country’s most prominent names in theatre, while honouring many of its most established talents.

Congratulating the latest nominees, newly appointed judging panel chairperson Africa Melane says the standard of entries remains world-class. “Each year we’re faced with a very difficult task of having to select from an exceptional, high-quality line-up. Once again, the nominees have set the bar high.

A total of 59 productions are in the running for top honours this year. Among these are Durban-based Ben Voss’s Benny Bushwacker and top Durban theatre company, KickstArt, with their musical Into the Woods.

Into the Woods is nominated for:

Earl Gregory as the Baker: Best performance by a lead actor in a musical or music theatre show

Kate Normington as The Witch: Best performance by a lead actress in a musical or music theatre show

Greg King: Best set design

The event breaks from tradition this year in that public tickets for the event, to be held at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on March 22, will not be available. Rather, the awards ceremony may be followed via the Fleur du Cap YouTube channel.