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March 23, 2011

Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards: Cape Town stars shine brightly

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Artscape. Photo courtesy mallix

Sunday, March 20, was a night of sterling achievement for the Mother City as several of her inspirational stars received accolades at the 46th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, held at the Artscape Theatre.

Sea Point playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and his play London Road won the award for the best new South African script. The production, a heartbreaking yet funny story about two women from diverse backgrounds, has played to packed theatre houses across the country.

To add to Spagnoletti’s success, the awards for best performance by an actress and best supporting actress went to the stars of his show, Robyn Scott and Ntomboxolo Makhutshi respectively.

Cape Town-born theatre maestro Mannie Manim was honoured with the lifetime achievement award for his long-standing contribution to the arts, and Stellenbosch’s Klein Libertas Theatre received the award for innovation in theatre.

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards celebrate onstage excellence in professional productions staged in the Cape metropole and surrounds, and each award winner receives R15 000 in cash and a silver medallion.

The smooth running of the ceremony, hosted by comedian Alan Committie and television personality Charlene Truter, the glamorously dressed patrons, the entertaining acts (including SA’s Got Talent runners-up Limited Edition Drummers and theatre legend David Kramer and his Breyani band) and the palate-pleasing Fleur du Cap wines all come together to prove that the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards rival the best of Tinseltown’s trophy events.

Theatres in Cape Town will continue to bring the best to audiences in 2011: Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, Silence of the Music, and My Naam is Ellen Pakkies are set to be staged this year, among others on the local lineup.

For more information and ticket bookings, visit www.computicket.com.

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