Front row with Sher and Suz­man

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD LEGENDS -

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 jo­hann.davis@uct.ac.za

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