Front row with Sher and Suzman
THE GOOD WEEKEND REPORTER
IF YOU’VE ever wanted front-row seats at a performance by South African acting luminaries Sir Antony Sher and Janet Suzman, here’s your chance.
The pair are in Cape Town to receive honorary doctorates from the University of Cape Town, and will be guests of honour at a special fundraising lunch and auction at the Baxter on Tuesday. The occasion will also see the launch of the new VIP lounge.
The two actors will speak and give a special performance, and light relief will be provided by standup comic Nik Rabinowitz, who is currently doing his one-man show You Can’t Be Serious at the Baxter Studio.
The Baxter’s CEO, Lara Foot, said of Sher and Suzman: “This event celebrates our proud association with these two remarkable artists. These giants of our industry are so much a part of our family and we are grateful to both Antony and Janet for agreeing to do this for us.”
Early last year Sher performed the role of Prospero opposite John Kani as Caliban in The Tempest, a Baxter Theatre Centre and Royal Shakespeare Company collaboration directed by Janice Honeyman. After its world premiere in Cape Town, it transferred to the Courtyard Theatre in Stratfordupon-Avon and then travelled to five other British cities.
Suzman last worked at the Baxter in 2007 when she directed Hamlet, the first Baxter and RSC collaboration. The production premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2006, transferred to the Baxter and a year later returned for a short run before heading off to Stratford-uponAvon to launch the RSC’s Complete Works Festival.
Events on Tuesday kick off at noon, with Rabinowitz as MC and auctioneer. Tickets cost R1 000 and proceeds will go to securing the future of the iconic Baxter Theatre Centre. To book, sponsor a ticket or to make a donation, contact Johann Davis on 021 680 3983, cell 083 299 2604 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org