SAME TIME NEXT YEAR for the Fugard Theatre in June‏

Paul du Toit and Juliet Hartley in Sam

KBT Productions’ presentation of Bernard Slade’s Tony-award-winning play, Same Time Next Year, directed by Christopher Weare, will be performed at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 17 to 28 June 2014.

Featuring Binneland and The Rocky Horror Show star Paul Du Toit, and Julie Hartley (Noises Off, Lipstick Dipstiek), under the direction of Weare, who in 2012 was awarded a Fleur du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award, the production received rave reviews when it opened last year at the Kalk Bay Theatre. The play won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at last year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Same Time Next Year is a classic love story, with a twist. It tells the story of Doris and George who meet by chance at a country inn, have an affair and fall in love. They are both married to other people, so agree to meet at the same time, same place, once a year. A genuinely romantic story, they discover they are the loves of each others’ lives, and twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out, with a delicious wit, compassion, poignancy, sense of humor and nostalgia.

Written by Bernard Slade, the show opened on Broadway in 1975 and ran for more than three years. It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New American Play. Ellen Burstyn won both the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. Charles Grodin was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and Gene Saks was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play. In 1978 a film adaptation directed by Robert Mulligan starred Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda.

Paul du Toit is one of South Africa’s best known performers, having been seen on South African TV screens in Binneland and shows such as Rough or Smooth, which he also co-produced, and on stage in productions such as Offbeat Broadway and the Fugard Theatre’s The Rocky Horror Show, for which he received a Fleur du Cap nomination for his role as Brad. He will reprise the role in the highly anticipated return season at the Fugard Theatre, opening in July 2014.

Julie Hartley has enjoyed 26 years of a varied career on stage, television and on the big screen, including shows such as Grease and Camelot and she is probably most remembered in South Africa for her role in the naughty all South African comedy Lipstick Dipstiek.

Same Time Next Yearis at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 17-28 June 2014 on Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm and on Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm with tickets from R100 (Tuesdays) to R150 (Wed- Sat) through Computicket or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Block bookings and special discounts are available for the Friends of the Fugard, Pensioners, and Learners via 021 461 4554.

The production will also be performed as part of Cape Town Edge at the 2014 National Arts Festival.

Press comments have included:

“timeless blend of humour, tenderness and social comment….excellent… This is the stuff of which rewarding theatre is made….4 stars” Cape Argus

“…celebrates the importance of an attested human connection…” Cape Times

“Die stuk is pittig, romanties, uitstekend aangebied en fyn afgerond. Dis ’n aanwins vir die Kaapse teatertoneel. …4 sterre” Die Burger

“I don’t believe I have ever laughed as often in the theatre as I did at Julie Hartley and Paul du Toit…. managed to switch the mood to produce the requisite lump in the throat and goose bumps” Steve Kretzmann – Artsblog

“one of the best shows I’ve seen…. Don’t wait 12 months before you experience it too” Bizcommunity.com

“beautiful….a gem….exceptional…A romantic comedy that warms and charms at every turn…..a definite must see” Monday Missile

“quirky, hilarious and so, so funny….charming….very funny… I can’t imagine anyone not loving, laughing through and enjoying Same Time Next Year.” Megan’s Head

“…brilliant…delightful… The marriage of Du Toit’s meticulous timing and comic precision, and Hartley’s natural charm and bubbly persona is a match made in heaven.” Artslink

Note to Editors

Christopher Weare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama, University of Cape Town, and is also the Director of the Little Theatre. He teaches acting for stage and screen, and directing for stage and television. Areas of specialization include contemporary theatre practice and crafting comedy in performance.

Christopher is a member of The Mechanicals Collective which has for the last four years staged highly successful, professional and award-winning Repertory Seasons and a Summer Season in Cape Town. Productions include Lovborg’s Women, The Real Inspector Hound, Mephisto, Frank’n Stein, Decadence, The Zoo Story and Cowboy Mouth. Last year, he directed Adrian Galley in Tonight Neither Hamlet for KBT Productions.

His collaborative works with Alan Committie have established Committie as one of the most successful South African theatre brands in the past ten years. Christopher has directed extensively in collaboration with South African playwrights throughout his career. His collaborative staging of INUA with Jori Snell for Baba Yaga Productions from Denmark was performed internationally in Bogata, Columbia and he has staged works in Canada, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic, and Romania.

Christopher is the founder of The Intimate Theatre, which is his initiative to provide and to nurture a theatre space for young professional theatre practitioners. His long list of awards includes the Fleur du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was born in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe and is married with a son and a daughter.

Julie Hartley has enjoyed 26 years of a varied career on stage, television and on the big screen. It began in the 80’s where Julie built an enviable track record of leading roles in musical theatre in the title roles of CINDERELLA and GlGl, as Sandy in GREASE, Guinevere in CAMELOT, Barbara Winters in SUMMER HOLIDAY, Patsy and Polly in CRMY FOR YOU and Marilyn Monroe in MARILYN LIVE! to name a few. She has explored the big screen in a host of international movies, three of which include, THE EASTERN BRIDE, which was shot in South Africa, Taiwan and China, MERLIN – THE RETURN which had a big screen release in the UK and HOUSE PARTY, a Warner Brothers movie, which will be released in the USA this year. But, she is probably most remembered in South Africa for her role in the naughty all South African comedy LIPSTICK DIPSTIEK. Julie worked with Chris Weare in 2006 in NOISES OFF, where she played the stage manager Poppy. When not in the studio pursuing another side of the industry with yet more success in voice work, you will find her enjoying the country life with her horses and dogs on her small holding.

Paul du Toit is based in the Mother City after an unexpectedly lengthy hiatus in Johannesburg playing Malan Koster for 8 seasons in MNet and KykNet’s BINNELANDERS. While up in Jozi he also co-hosted and co-produced the multi-award nominated ROUGH OR SMOOTH for Mzansi Magic and ROF OF SPOG for SABC 2 through his production company Fanagalo Films.

After matriculating from Diocesan College and studying at Brooks School in the USA, Paul graduated with an Honours Degree in Drama from Stellenbosch University in 1996. While completing his degree he received the Best Actor award in 1995 and the Fleur Du Cap nomination for most promising student in 1996. Besides the role of “third angry terrorist to the right” in too many international B-grade flicks to mention, his local film credits include Marcus in SEMI SOET , Kobus in LIEFLING die Movie and Sebast in SKILPOPPE.

On stage he has been seen as Biff in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Dood Van ‘n Verkoopsman) (Best Supporting Actor nomination Kyknet Fiestas), Cassio in OTHELLO (winning the 2001 FNB Vita for Best Supporting Actor), the title role in THE ELEPHANT MAN, Stephen in OLD WICKED SONGS (FNB Vita nomination for Best Actor), Orlando in AS YOU LIKE IT, Edgar in KING LEAR, Mathew in Pieter Dirk Uys’s world premiere of AUDITIONING ANGELS, Guy in STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN, Tom in SKIN TIGHT, Jack in INTO THE WOODS, The Cat in HONK! (Vita nomination, Best Performance In A Musical), Frank N Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW ( Naledi nomination, Best Performance In A Musical) and Cape Town audiences will soon be able to see him playing Brad Majors in the up-coming production of “Rocky” at the Fugard Theatre.

OFFBEAT BROADWAY 1, 2, 3 and 4 of which he was one of the creators, earned him a FNB Vita nomination for Best Performance In A Musical as well as a nomination for Best Musical.

He trained in Opera technique at the Stellenbosch University Conserve and has sung in venues both dubious and illustrious from Alberton to Zanzibar. He is a diagnosed adrenaline junkie and when not performing can usually be found (in, on or under water) surfing, diving or rowing a boat and has frequently courted divorce by completing numerous Dusi, Drakensberg and Fish River canoe marathons.

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