July 30, 2012
Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro opens in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Local and international visitors can now add more quality entertainment to their Cape Town itinerary with the opening of Richard's Supper Stage and Bistro in Sea Point. The multitalented cast of Kaapse Stories from the Mother City evoked a standing ovation with their rendition of Welcome to Cape Town…Welcome to Africa at the opening events, which took place on July 17 and 19, 2012.
Amongst the honoured guests was the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille.
The journey from curtain up has been a fascinating one for the Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro team.
Richard Loring, producer of internationally acclaimed African Footprint and his friend and business colleague, Roland Seidel, were thrilled when they found the space on the corner of Glengariff and Main Roads in Sea Point where they could create a venue, similar to Richard’s successful Sound Stage in Johannesburg, to showcase the diverse tastes and cultures that Cape Town has to offer. The venue is easily accessible with parking behind the Sea Point Public Library.
For a year they renovated the space to create the new quality entertainment venue. Now, by day, the sun streams in through large picture windows from which you can see Robben Island in the distance – a delightful venue for corporate or family events, while at night, the curtains draw close and it’s show time.
From the moment the audience enters the bistro they are enveloped by characteristic scenes of the Cape – a wrap-around "set" for this interactive theatre. With a "street party" feel, you are seated at sociable tables to enjoy a scrumptious four-course Cape-Style buffet and Cape wines.
The unique-to-the-Cape humour, songs and intoxicating rhythms of Kaapse Strories from the Mother City, written by Basil Appollis and produced by Loring, are tributes to the spirit and soul of the cosmopolitan community that thrived at the foot of Table Mountain, in District Six. Through stories forged by struggle, adversity, challenges and triumphs, we discover the joyous Cape Town community – the original "rainbow nation".
The talented cast, including stage veterans Terry Smith (District Six – The Musical, Sexy Boys in Fairyland, Kat and the Kings), Royston Stoffels (Athol Fugard’s Hullo en Koebaai) and Ruth Marley (District Six – The Musical and Ali Barber), joined by Germandt Geldenhuys (Cape Town Show, Hairspray), Ebenezer Sawuhi (La Traviata, Manon, Rioletto) and Roxanne Gabriels, bring to life the story of the Kleintjies family as they rediscover each other after being separated for 10 years.
Here are a few images of the red carpet gala openings of Kaapse Stories from the Mother City at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro:
Kaapse Stories from the Mother City runs at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro in Sea Point from Thursday to Saturday, each week at 19h00, and tickets cost R400 per person, including a four-course meal, entertainment and a welcome drink.
To book tickets, contact +27 (0)761 444 809, or visit Computicket.