Maynardville Open Air Theatre Festival summer 2019

By MapMyWay
20 December 2018

Cape Town Philharmonic Maynardville Open Air Theatre 2018. Photo: Bronwyn Lloyd
Maynardville Open Air Theatre Festival 17 January till 10 March

The iconic theatre in Maynardville Park, Wynberg, is once again the location of a packed season of classics under the stars.

From 17 January till 10 March, the Maynardville Open Air Theatre Festival programme includes

  • Cape Town Philharmonic’s Famously Incidental, followed by
  • Cape Town City Ballet’s lively Swingtime in the Park.
  • There will be comedy from Cape Town Comedy Club with Jesters in the Park; a line-up of top comedy, hosted Rob van Vuuren.
  • This year’s Shakespeare is Richard III, Alan Committie plays the lead and Geoffrey Hyland directs.
  • There are also a series of Sunday night concerts throughout the season, including Derek Gripper, Graham Weier and an evening of gospel choir.

Cast announced for compelling Richard III at Maynardville

The cast has been announced for the much-anticipated production of Shakespeare’s historic dark comic tragedy, Richard III. It will be presented at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre from 7 February to 9 March 2019, directed by Geoffrey Hyland and starring award-winning actor Alan Committie in the title role.

Alan Commitie, Photo: Maggie Gericke

Alan Commitie, Photo: Maggie Gericke

Richard III is an explosive, action-packed tragedy and one of the Bard’s greatest tales. In this riveting story about the infamous hunchback, the audience joins the roller coaster ride of the brutally brilliant and seductively charming Richard of Gloucester as he stages one of the most calculated power grabs of all times to become the new king of England.

Joining Committie are Anthea Thompson (The Father, My Briljante Egskeiding) as Queen Margaret, Lee-Ann van Rooi (Woman Alone, Sara Se Geheim) as the Duchess of York, Andrew Laubscher (Swerfgoed, Marat Sade) as the Duke of Buckingham, Bianca Mannie (Homeland, Saints & Strangers) as Lady Anne, Cassandra Mpanda (Yerma, A Lie of the Mind) as Queen Elizabeth, with Cape Talk’s John Maytham (Shakespeare in Love, Via da la Rosa) as Lord Stanley. Other members of the ensemble include Mphumzi Nontshinga (Yerma, Sainthood).

The Maynardville tradition typically includes packing a picnic to enjoy in the park before the show. There is a bar and coffee shop at the venue.

WHERE: Maynardville Park, cor Church & Wolf Sts, Wynberg, Cape Town 7800

TICKETS: Booking is now open at Computicket , or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet, or via Artscape-dial-a-seat 021 421 7695, where you can also buy a season ticket. Early bird and group discounts make for great deals.

The Festival is produced and presented by Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Trust and LiquidMatch Productions and is supported by Artscape and Diemersfontein Wines.

INFO: Visit  for more information about the Maynardville Open Air Festival.

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PHOTO: Cape Town Philharmonic at Maynardville Open Air Theatre.  Bronwyn Lloyd

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