The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards announced its nominees for 2018 today. These annual awards are regarded amongst the most valued and prestigious in the South African performing arts industry.

For more than 50 years the Fleur du Cap wine brand has been making award-winning wines and this quality  is proudly expressed through its association with the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.

“In the same manner that the best grapes from the finest vineyards in the Cape Winelands are chosen for Fleur du Cap wines, the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards seek to recognise excellence in theatre. Theatre-makers, much like our winemakers, select scripts, ideas and other raw materials to craft and create the desired sensory experience, and then offer it to audiences for their enjoyment. We are thrilled to support South African theatremakers through our long and richly cultivated association,” says Pieter Badenhorst, Fleur du Cap winemaker.

There are 26 different award categories, including Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The latter will be announced at the ceremony next month.

The panel of judges comprised Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Eugene Yiga, Lwando Scott, Marina Griebenow, Maurice Carpede, Peggy Mongoato, Tracey Saunders and Dr Wayne Muller.

Nominees and winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for acting, directing, staging and technical ability. For musical theatre productions and opera, the casts on opening night are considered.

A total of 87 diverse productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration.

n addition, productions presented by AFDA, City Varsity, Magnet Theatre, Northlink College, the Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (UCT), the University of Stellenbosch and the Waterfront Theatre School were considered.

“Thinking about the production of fine wine might also remind us of the iterative nature of creating excellenttheatre. It is only with the passage of time and often through exhausting trial and error that something finally emerges that is worthy of recognition and rises above the rest. So, these annual awards offer us an opportunity to celebrate excellence together,” says Melanie Burke, chairperson of the judging panel.

This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday, 10 March at 17:30 at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town and promises to be an  evening celebrating Vintage theatre and wines.

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