Maynardville Open-Air Festival 2023 - Cape Town City Ballet
Thu Jan 19, 20:15 - Sun Mar 12, 22:15
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
MAYNARDVILLE IS BACK...
And bigger than ever, sporting a new Food Market and a full season of Music, Opera, Ballet and Shakespeare under the stars.
Food and drinks are now only available for sale on the property. Pre-order your picnic baskets at checkout, or come get something to eat from the food trucks.
The Food Market is open every night from 17:30.
19 - 21 January - The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
26 - 29 January - Cape Town Opera
2 - 23 February - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1 - 5 March - Cape Town City Ballet
2023’s SHAKESPEARE ANNOUNCED - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
The 2023 Shakespeare is one of the Bard’s most magical tales, A Midsummer Night's Dream. In an enchanted forest, a bunch of feuding faeries wreak havoc on four impassioned lovers and a troupe of wannabe actors. Natural and supernatural merge as misguided desires mix with magic spells. In a whimsical whirlwind of bewilderment and misadventure, they all discover that “The course of true love never did run smooth…”
Award-winning Shakespeare director Geoffrey Hyland also returns to Maynardville after the tremendous triumphs of Richard the Third (2019) and Twelfth Night (2017) to direct this comedy. With a large ensemble cast and costumes by the talented Michaeline Wessels, this production promises an action-packed, theatrical rollercoaster romp - fun for the whole family!
Catch the season 2 - 23 February 2023, and be sure to book early for the popular Valentine’s night performance.
For school block bookings, email [email protected] for more information and special rates.
STRINGS UNDER THE STARS!
The season will open with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra who will be performing Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Symphony, interspersed with dialoge, anecdotes and excerpts from the Bard’s famous comedy.
Get swept away into a magical world and let Mendelssohn’s music transport you to a comical fantasy dreamland.
Conducted by Brandon Philips and featuring soloists that will be announced soon.
There are only three of these concerts from 19 - 21 January 2023 so audiences should book sooner rather than later.
OPERA FOR ALL
The Cape Town Opera is presenting two programs of varied works with their world-renowned opera chorus. This is bound to be a highlight for all opera lovers.
Program details on the Opera tab.
Performances from 26 - 29 January 2023.
SERENADING THE SEASONS IN DANCE
The Cape Town City Ballet will be performing two works under the title SummerSnow in the outdoor setting. These works will contrast the heat of summer with sharp, icy winter.
Catch the ballet from 1 - 5 March 2023.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM SHAKESPEARE
Maynardville Theatre, Cape Town’s iconic outdoor venue, reinvents its post-pandemic self with Shakespeare’s unfading comic masterpiece,
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
In an enchanted forest, a bunch of feuding faeries wreak havoc on four impassioned lovers and a troupe of wannabe actors. Natural and supernatural merge as misguided desires mix with magic spells. In a whimsical whirlwind of bewilderment and misadventure, they all discover that “The course of true love never did run smooth…”
Roland du Preez
CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to be part of the fabulous festival at Maynardville, performing in Midsummer, on a magical night, Mendelssohn’s marvellous symphonic work, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A choir and soloists will join the orchestra for the performances, which will be enriched by the mellifluous tones of radio presenter John Woodland who will lull you into Shakespeare’s world of forests, fairy queens and a Puck or two. The concert will be conducted by Brandon Phillips
Principal Guest Conductor:
supported by RMB Starlight Classics
In alphabetical order
Petrus de Beer
Emina Lukin *
Annien Shaw ^
Maretha Uys #
Daniel Albertyn ^
Samantha Durrant *
Rayelle Goodman ^
Tomasz Kita #
Jeanette Claassen ^
Petrus Coetzee *
Azra Isaacs #
Ashlin Grobbelaar ^
Peter Martens *
Edward McLean #
Donat Pellei #
Louisa Theart #
Gabriele von Durckheim *
Carin Bam #
Lisa White *
Feroll-Jon Davids *
Danielle Rossouw #
Simon Ball *
Lieze Nel #
Shannon Thebus *
Conrad van der Westhuizen
Pierre Schuster #
Dave Thompson *
David Langford #
Slavomir Mrazik * ¦
Ryan van der Rheede
Shaun Williams *
Christoph Muller *
Eugene Trofimczyk *
Ashwin Abrahams ^
Marvin Michaels ^
Duren Wildeman ^
Craig Wildeman (and driver)
Associate Principal **
Sub Principal #
Ad hoc ^
On leave ¦
CAPE TOWN OPERA
The award-winning Cape Town Opera chorus presents Spirituals under the baton of musical director and pianist Marvin Kernelle. This diverse programme displays the chorus’ versatility in spiritual songs, including South African and African American repertoire. The powerful arrangements of classic and lesser-known music, including “Baba Yetu” and “Give Me Jesus”, are bound to captivate audiences and bring the joy and profound emotional impact of spirituals.
SONGS OF SHAKESPEARE
Shakespeare’s back in the Park! Songs of Shakespeare is an operatic celebration of the iconic dramas of the great bard and the innate musicality of his timeless words. Over the centuries, great composers have aimed to do justice in music to the power of Shakespeare’s characters and their stories. Excerpts of favourite Shakespearean operatic adaptations, as well as some of the most spellbinding settings of his sonnets, will fill the magical air of the Maynardville Park. In this performance, the soloists and young artists of Cape Town Opera bring words to life with their glorious voices, under the musical direction of José Dias.
The Chorus Master for this performance will be Marvin Kemlle
Full Chorus details will be released at a later date.
SONGS OF SHAKESPEARE
This performance will include Cape Town Opera soloists Brittany Smith, Lukhanyo Moyake and Conroy Smith. It will also feature Young Artists Alida Stoman and Van Wyk Venter. The extraordinary José Dias will be at the piano.
CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET
Cape Town City Ballet is delighted to be back on the whimscial & wooded splendour of the Maynardville Open-Air Amphitheatre Stage.
SUMMERSNOW embraces the certainty of the seasons… the stark contrast of summer to winter. The enchanting double bill features the pastoral fantasy of Mikhail Fokine’s LES SYLPHIDES and Sir Frederick Ashton’s charming twilight skating scene, LES PATINEURS.
Choreographer: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Frédéric Chopin and Alexander Glazunov
Les Sylphides demonstrates the qualities of the Romantic era, evoking imagination and other worldliness and has remained a popular staple of classical ballet repertoire worldwide. The Choreographer Michael Fokine created movements focused on lightness and precision giving the ballet its signature look.
Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Music: Giacomo Meyerbeer
The ballet is set in a park on a winter evening, the dancers portraying skaters enjoying themselves (with a few mishaps) on a frozen lake, and comprises a sequence of divertissements featuring a cast of fifteen, including a pas de deux couple, a Blue Boy, Blue Girls, Red Girls and an ensemble of four couples.
MAYNARDVILLE EVENING FOOD MARKET
As such, all food items will have to be purchased on-property. We encourage patrons to arrive early, enjoy the natural beauty and support out food and beverage partners at this year's inaugural Maynardville Evening Food Market
The maze of gardens and mountain views are lovely on any day but on magical
summer evenings, there are few better places to be than an Evening Food Market at this historic Maynardville Festival.
Running congruently with the festival, it will open at 5 PM daily to provide festival
goers with your pick from a variety of global cuisines on offer – with special diets well catered for. And it’s the place to be for those seeking an eating experience with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of variety at affordable prices.
R180 Per Basket Per Person
Ciabatta Roll with butter, cheese slices, salami slices, onion marmalade, mini spinach and feta quiche, potato salad, and mini milk tart with seasonal berries. And, small still/ sparkling water.
Hermia Vegetarian Picnic
R180 Per Basket Per Person
Ciabatta Roll with butter, cheese slices, grilled peppers, onion marmalade, mini spinach and feta quiche, potato salad and a mini milk tart with seasonal berries. And, small still/ sparkling water.
Helena Gluten Free Picnic
R180 Per Basket Per Person
Nacho chips, Veggie crisps, cheeses, salami and ham, crackers, tzatziki, garden salad, fruit skewer. And, small still/ sparkling water.
Robin Goodfellow Kids Picnic
R120 Per Basket Per Child
Six chicken nuggets and tomato sauce, a packet of crisps, a small packet of biltong, four mini sausages, and a mini chocolate brownie with berries and a juice box.
*Packed in a picnic box with a biodegradable plate, cup, bamboo cutlery, and a wet wipe and serviette.
**To accommodate the change in policy that curbs patrons from bringing their own picnic baskets to Maynardville, all picnic baskets are sold at cost.
Order Cut off:
To ensure that baskets are freshly made, the cut-off for orders is 10pm before the day of the performance you have booked for. If an order comes in afterwards, we will refund you.
You can pick up your basket from 5 pm on the day of your performance at the Market Bar
DATES & PRICING
Premium (Rows C - K): R300
Tier 2 (Rows A - B & L - R): R250
Tier 3 (Rows S - W): R190
Pensioners & Students: 15% Off On All Tiers
Please Present ID On Arrival
Family of Four Discount: 20% Off on Premium & Tier 2 Ticket for every 4 tickets bought
School Block Bookings:
Contact Jeff for School Block Bookings and Rates
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