Maynardville 2025: The Tempest

Fri Jan 31, 20:15 - Sat Mar 8, 22:00

Maynardville Open-Air Theatre


Set sail for the magical destination that is The Tempest, Shakespeare's mystical tale of betrayal, love, revenge, and redemption that unfolds on an enchanted island. Under the visionary direction of Sylvaine Strike, prepare to be swept away by a whirlwind of magic, mystery, and transformation in a theatrical journey like no other.

Prospero, a powerful sorcerer and the rightful Duke of Milan, conjures a storm to shipwreck his treacherous brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples who had him banished from their kingdom. Stranded on the island, they become pawns in Prospero's plan to restore his daughter Miranda's honour and reclaim his dukedom. Unbeknownst to her and with the help of the ethereal Ariel, Prospero's loyal spirit servant, whose mischief, musicality, and invisible antics create much of the island's magic, Prospero manipulates events in Miranda’s favour. Revealing the darker side to the tale, is the enslaved Caliban, the island’s original inhabitant who teams up with the castaways to satisfy his grudge against Prospero. As new love blossoms between Miranda and Ferdinand, Alonso's noble son, old grievances surface, setting the stage for a dramatic confrontation.

With its unforgettable characters, evocative language, and profound exploration of the human spirit, The Tempest stands as a testament to the resilience of love in the face of adversity. Shakespeare's masterpiece continues to captivate and inspire, reminding us that love, in its purest form, has the power to transcend even the greatest challenges, leaving an enduring impact on all who encounter it.

Embark on an unforgettable journey of romance, intrigue, and spellbinding drama as The Tempest sweeps you into its whirlwind of emotion and enchantment...

Director: Sylvaine Strike


To be announced soon...

Running Time: Approx. 100 minutes

No Interval

Maynardville Open-Air Festival 2025

Let Waves of Wonder wash over you at the 2025 season of the Maynardville Open-Air Festival. Whether you are a long-time patron or a first-time visitor, we welcome you to experience the magic of live performances at South Africa's oldest outdoor arts festival. This quintessential Cape Town event will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

The tradition of Shakespeare in The Park continues this year with Shakespeare’s timeless classic, The Tempest, under direction of Sylvaine Strike, where the wonders of the sea and the mysteries of an enchanted island unfold before your eyes. The programme also includes the soul-stirring melodies of the Cape Town Philharmonic OrchestraTour de Tchaikovsky, a Chamber Music Concert, a powerful performance by Cape Town Opera, and a delightful musical experience celebrating the 95th anniversary of one of the Musical Theatre's most prolific writers, Sunday in the Park with Sondheim.


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Tour de Tchaikovsky

Wed, 22 Jan 07:30 PM - Thu, 23 Jan 07:30 PM

Tour de Tchaikovsky is an exquisite chamber music concert celebrating the timeless compositions of one of classical music's greatest masters. This limited engagement promises to be an unforgettable evening of timeless melodies set against a starry backdrop of natural beauty.
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Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Fri, 24 Jan 07:30 PM - Sat, 25 Jan 07:30 PM

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, renowned internationally for its impeccable artistry and dynamic performances, will entertain you in a symphonic journey that embodies the festival’s enchanting theme, Waves of Wonder. Under the direction of conductor Brandon Phillips, the orchestra will navigate through classical masterpieces and contemporary favourites exploring different composers' expression of the elements. From the storm in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony to a cool arrangement of Stormy Weather, this programme will wash all your cares away.


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Cape Town Opera

Sun, 23 Feb 07:30 PM - Sun, 23 Feb 07:30 PM

Cape Town Opera returns to the Maynardville stage with an unforgettable programme of vocal artistry and dramatic storytelling presenting opera highlights by Verdi, Mendelssohn and others, inspired by the work of Shakespeare. Featuring CTO House Soloists, Judith Neilson Young Artists, CTO chorus and Childrens’ Chorus and welcoming guest artist, internationally recognised counter-tenor Clint van der Linde.


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Sunday In The Park with Sondheim

Sun, 23 Feb 06:00 PM - Sun, 23 Feb 07:30 PM

Sunday in the Park with Sondheim is a tribute to the legendary Musical Theatre lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim, as we celebrate his 95th birthday with this special performance. Mr. Sondheim’s remarkable contributions to the world of musical theatre include groundbreaking works such as Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music and many more. This tribute showcases Mr. Sondheim's unparalleled ability to write complex characters and stories through his masterful compositions and lyrics.



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Maynardville Evening Food Market
Adding vibrancy, enchantment, and delight, the 2025 Maynardville Evening Food Market will offer a variety of global cuisines, to provide Maynardville Open Air Festival goers with an elevated evening of wonder. 

Don't miss the opportunity to experience a celebration of Cape Town's gastronomic wonders, indulge your taste buds, discover new flavours, and mingle with fellow food enthusiasts.  Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or simply looking to satisfy your cravings, the Maynardville Evening Food Market promises to delight your taste buds with the rich and diverse flavours, textures and aromas that define Cape Town’s culinary landscape.


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Events are priced as follows:

The Tempest
Premium: R380
Tier 2: R320
Tier 3: R280
Tier 4: R220

All Other Concerts
Premium: R335
Tier 2: R320
Tier 3: R280
Tier 4: R220


Pensioners & Students: 15% Off On Premium & Tier 2
Please Present ID On Arrival

School Block Bookings:

Contact Jeff for School Block Bookings and Rates
[email protected]
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22ndWed.  Tour de Tchaikovsky   19:30
23rdThurs.  Tour de Tchaikovsky   19:30
24thFri.  CTPO   19:30
25thSat.  CTPO   19:30
31stFri.  The Tempest - Performance 1   20:15
1stSat.  The Tempest - Performance 2   20:15
2ndSun.  The Tempest - Gala Performance   20:15
4thTues.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 4   19:45
5thWed.  The Tempest - Performance 5   20:15
6thThurs.  The Tempest - Performance 6   20:15
7thFri.  The Tempest - Performance 7   20:15
8thSat.  The Tempest - Performance 8   20:15
9thSun.  Cape Town Opera   (18:00)
10thMon.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 9   19:45
11thTues.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 10   19:45
12thWed.  The Tempest - Performance 11   20:00
13thThurs.  The Tempest - Performance 12   20:00
14thFri.  The Tempest - Performance 13   20:00
15thSat.  The Tempest - Performance 14   20:00
17thMon.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 15   19:45
18thTues.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 16   19:45
19thWed.  The Tempest - Performance 17   20:00
20thThurs.  The Tempest - Performance 18   20:00
21stFri.  The Tempest - Performance 19   20:00
22ndSat.  The Tempest - Performance 20   20:00
23rdSun.  Sunday in The Park with Sondheim   (18:00)
24thMon.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 21   19:45
25thTues.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 22   19:45
26thWed.  The Tempest - Performance 23   20:00
27thThurs.  The Tempest - Performance 24   20:00
28thFri.  The Tempest - Performance 25   20:00
1stSat.  The Tempest - Performance 26   20:00
4thTues.  The Tempest - Schools Performance 27   19:45
5thWed. The Tempest - Performance 28   20:00
6thThurs.  The Tempest - Performance 29   20:00
7thFri.  The Tempest - Performance 30   20:00
8thSat.  The Tempest - Performance 31   20:00


Maynardville 2025: The Tempest
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre
Maynardville Park, Piers Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800
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