Smash Hit Transfers to the Fugard Theatre

This acclaimed production has been playing to sold-out houses and rave reviews and has been invited to the new Fugard Theatre for a limited season of only fifteen shows from Tuesday 20 April.

London Road tells the tender, funny story about a friendship between two women from diverse backgrounds. The performances by Robyn Scott as the elderly Jewish widow, Rosa, and Ntombi Makhutshi as the young Nigerian, Stella, have been described as ‘phenomenal’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘a tour de force’.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received about this production and are greatly looking forward to presenting it on The Fugard Theatre stage in central Cape Town,” says director Lara Bye.

The original script by Nicholas Spagnoletti won the Audience Choice award at the PANSA new South African Playwriting competition in 2007. It has been further developed for the stage through improvisations in rehearsals and based on extensive research by the director and her actresses. The award-winning technical team include Craig Leo designing set, props and costume, Faheem Bardien creating the lighting design, and original sound from Braam Du Toit.

What the press have said:

“…feels like a little miracle.” The Next 48 Hours

“…awash with lingering powerful images.”  Cape Times

“…simply brilliant… radiates beauty and empathy.” Sunday Independent

“Go to London Road. It’s worth the journey.” Cape Argus

“Die 36-jarige Scott in die rol van die bejaarde Rosa Kaplowitz is verbysterend… Makhutshi is pragtig en het ‘n sterk teenwoordigheid op die verhoog.”   Die Burger

“The humour is gentle, the drama and pathos understated … brought to life by two formidable stage talents …” Sunday Times

“…..and Spagnoletti has both a good ear for dialogue and a camp sense of humour…This is indeed promising new work.” Mail and Guardian

“…… an absolute master class in movement and breath….”

“I cannot think of a single reason why anyone in Cape Town shouldn’t see this play.”

“London Road is quite simply not to be missed.”

“…the visual prompts are so effective one hardly needs imagination….” Artslink

“London Road is a compassionate vignette with many laugh-out-loud moments and well worth an evening out.” False Bay Echo

“……London Road will definitely leave you with a warm appreciation for one’s friendships and the joys of sharing.”

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London Road will be performed at The Fugard Theatre Tuesdays– Saturdays at 19h30 from 20 April until 8 May 2010.

Tickets prices are:
Reduced price previews on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21: R60
Tuesday nights: R60
Wednesdays – Saturdays: R100
Block bookings of 10 – book 10 tickets and only pay for 9
Students and Pensioners: Tuesdays – Thursdays R60 and On Fridays and Saturdays R60 subject to availability and available 30 minutes before the performance.
Book at the theatre or contact The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or visit

The Fugard Theatre is situated cnr Harrington and Caledon str., District 6, Cape Town. Secure parking is available in Harrington Square car park.

PG 13 Language

Production information:
Production: London Road, presented by KBT Productions
Written by: Nicholas Spagnoletti, in collaboration with the director and cast
Directed by: Lara Bye
Venue: The Fugard Theatre
Dates: 20 April to 8 May 2010
Cast: Robyn Scott and Ntomboxolo Makhutshi
Set, props and costume design by Craig Leo
Lighting Design by Faheem Bardien
Original Sound by Braam Du Toit