The 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival will again feature a three-month feast of shows, from Shakespeare to Swingtime in the Park. Says producer Brian Heydenrych, “Last year’s maiden Maynardville Open-Air Festival was really well received and we have been encouraged to bring back our wonderful partners to perform an exciting season of classical works with a contemporary edge.”

2019 Maynardville Open-Air FestivalLower priced early bird tickets have opened for each of the shows in the season so audiences are encouraged to visit to get the best prices on tickets. All tickets can be booked via Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

2019 Shakespeare announced 

The 2019 Shakespeare is one of the Bard’s greatest tales, Richard the Third. In this production, the infamous hunchback will be played by award-winning actor/comedian Alan Committie and takes the audience on a journey through palace politics, coruscating corruption and macabre machinations in order to become the new king of England.

Award-winning Shakespeare director Geoffrey Hyland also returns to Maynardville after the triumph of Twelfth Night (2017) to direct this comic-tragedy. With a cast of 14 and costumes by the talented Leigh Bishop, this production promises an action-packed, theatrical rollercoaster romp as it depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III.

Catch the season from 6 February to 9 March 2019, and be sure to book early for the popular Valentine’s night performance.

2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival Music inspired by the Bard

The Maynardville festival season will open with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Famously Incidental, a selection of well-loved scores to famous plays. Expect to be transported into the world of Grieg, Beethoven and Bizet in this exploration of light and lovely classical works conducted by Brandon Phillips and narrated by Rodney Trudgeon of Fine Music Radio. There are only three of these concerts from 17 to 19 January 2019 so audiences should book sooner rather than later.

Starlight and Swingtime

Cape Town City Ballet will be in their element in an outdoor setting for Swingtime in the Park, Sean Bovim’s ballet performed to the music of the thirties. The Cape Town City Ballet dancers will interpret hit tunes such as It had to be You, Unforgettable and Fly me to the Moon. Catch the ballet from 23 to 27 January 2019, booking is live.

2019 Maynardville Open-Air FestivalThe Jesters are back

Audiences who caught last year’s riot of wit will no doubt be first in line to get tickets to this year’s comedy under the stars. Kurt Schoonraad’s Cape Town Comedy Club will bring a line-up of top names to the stage hosted by the hilarious host Rob van Vuuren with Jesters in the Park – Season 2. Catch the Jesters from 31 January to 2 February 2019.

Sunday night sessions

A series of one-off Sunday evening concerts will take place throughout the 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival.

Catch Derek Gripper once again with his unique infusion of classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and Indian classical music which has carried him to the world’s stages including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015. A special concert from Cape Town Opera, the much-loved Graham Weir bringing his special brand of madness to the park and the gospel voices of Vumani Choral Projects are also on the programme.

The 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival experience

The 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival offers an opportunity to turn a theatre night out into an experience. Patrons can pack a picnic and bring along their blankets to spread out on the park lawns before the show as per the Maynardville tradition. There is also the option of pre-ordering a gourmet take-away from a special menu that the Festival is offering in partnership with local restaurants.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served prior to the show and during interval and here will be a bar stocking Drifter beers, buchu gin and tonics, Diemersfontein wines and soft drinks. A snack kiosk will also serve refreshments.

What:  2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival

Where: Maynardville Park, entrance on the corner of Piers and Wolfe Street, Wynberg, Cape Town

Maynardville Festival book: Booking has opened at Computicket for most of the productions (Sunday night performances are still to be added) and at Artscape-Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695

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