The story of a classic love affair, ‘Same Time Next Year’ is running at the Kalk Bay Theatre until June 22 at 8pm nightly.
The show tells the story of two people, both married to others, who meet by chance at a country inn, have an affair, fall in love and then agree to meet once a year at the same time at the same place. The play by Bernard Slade has delicious wit, compassion, poignancy, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia.
A genuinely romantic story, the plot follows the love affair of Doris and George who meet once a year and are in fact the loves of each other’s lives. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are humorously and touchingly played out by Paul Du Toit (‘The Rocky Horror Show’) and Julie Hartley (‘Lipstick Dipstiek’). Christopher Weare directs these two seasoned actors in this funny story of emotional intimacy against the background of social changes in the years 1951 to 1975.
One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, ‘Same Time Next Year’ ran for four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays.
After its season at Kalk Bay Theatre the production transfers the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
Hartley has enjoyed 26 years of a varied career on stage, television and on the big screen. The actress worked with Weare in 2006 in ‘Noises Off’, where she played the stage manager Poppy.
Du Toit is thrilled to be back in the Mother City after an unexpectedly lengthy hiatus in Johannesburg playing Malan Koster for eight seasons on the MNet and KykNet soap ‘Binnelanders’. While up in Johannesburg he also co-hosted and co-produced the multi-award nominated ‘Rough Or Smooth’ for Mzansi Magic and ‘Rof Of Spog’ for SABC 2 through his production company Fanagalo Films.
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