The prestigious 46th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, to be held at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 20 March 2011 at 6pm, once again boasts a stunning entertainment line-up, with Alan Committee as MC and television personality Charlene Truter as co-host. Lara Bye, a previous Fleur du Cap winner and nominee, will direct the event that has been given a uniquely Capetonian vibe this year. Amongst those gracing the stage will be David Kramer and his Breyani Band, the Limited Edition Drummers, the Guguletu Tenors, Thembi Mtshali, Jimmie Earl Perry and the world champion break dance duo Jed and Duane Lawrence, also known as the Ubuntu BBoys.
Each award carries a R15 000 cash prize as well as a silver medallion, making a ‘Fleur du Cap’ one of the most coveted awards in the industry. Awards are given for musicals, comedy and drama productions and the categories are as follow: Best Performance by an Actor, Best Performance by an Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Performance in a One-Person Show, Best New SA Script, Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors, Best Performance in a Musical, Best Design (lighting, set, costumes, props), Best Performance in a Revue or Cabaret and Most Promising Student.
The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards is an initiative of the Distell Foundation, forming part of Distell’s Corporate Social Investment Programme that is dedicated to supporting the performing arts. The event itself is an evening of glitz and glamour that is equivalent to the Tony Awards in New York, and it attracts the cream of the country’s theatre talent and entertainers.
Members of the public can start voting for their favourite production of 2010 by logging onto Fleur Du Cup Awards and clicking on the Peoples Choice Awards icon at the top right-hand side of the home page. Voting opens on 28 February and closes on 16 March. The winning production will receive the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the ceremony, together with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Award for Innovative Contribution to Theatre. The latter will enable the judges to consider an individual, company or organisation in the theatre industry that has consistently created exceptional work, and may fall outside of the existing categories.
Limited seats are available to the public via Computicket or 021 421 7695. Tickets cost R150 per person and include canapés and award-winning Fleur du Cap wines before and after the ceremony. All funds raised through ticket sales will be donated to theatre development in South Africa.