A Lesson From Aloes


In the small backyard of a house in a shabby Port Elizabeth suburb, pots of aloe - the desert plant that can thrive in the most barren soil - bear silent witness to a world where trust has been betrayed and destroyed.
A Lesson From Aloes at Finborough Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Finborough Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 27 February 2019
Closes: Saturday 23 March 2019
Running time:2 hrs 00 mins
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Unseen in London since its UK premiere at the National Theatre 35 years ago where it was directed by Athol Fugard himself and won rave reviews, this new production directed by Janet Suzman marks the 25th anniversary year of the first free and democratic elections in South Africa.


The original production of A Lesson From Aloes premiered at the Market Theatre Johannesburg in 1978, where it provoked huge controversy and narrowly escaped being banned.


The Broadway production won the New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Play.


Note: press nights on 5 and 6 March 2019.


Synopsis


"… Our race is a mistake."


In the small backyard of a house in a shabby Port Elizabeth suburb, pots of aloe - the desert plant that can thrive in the most barren soil - bear silent witness to a world where trust has been betrayed and destroyed.


South Africa in the 1960s.


Apartheid is at its height.


Mandela's ANC has just been banned as a terrorist organisation.


Informers are everywhere.


Left leaning Afrikaner Piet and his wife, Gladys, hold a party for their mixed-race friend Steve who has just been released from prison.


But when mistrust creeps into your own backyard, the closest of ties are undone.


Who has betrayed this group of friends?


And why is one of them on a one way ticket out of the country?


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Theatre


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Box office tel: 0844 847 1652

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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 27 February 2019

Press night:Tuesday 5 March 2019

Closes:Saturday 23 March 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Intervals:1

Matinee:

Saturday - 3-00pm

Sunday - 3-00pm


Intervals:1

Tickets


Previews:
£14

Standard:

Prices until 10 March 2019

£18

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.


Prices from 12 March 2019

£20

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.


Concessions:

Prices until 10 March 2019

£16


£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.


£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 2 March 2019 when booked online only.


Prices from 12 March 2019

£18


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Cast


Dawid Minnaar - Piet

David Rubin - Steve

Janine Ulfane - Gladys


Creatives


Author: Athol Fugard
Director: Janet Suzman
Designer: Norman Coates
Lighting: Mannie Manim
Sound: Rachael Murray
Production: A Million Freds in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

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