Theatre: LAMTA stages Klaus Mann’s iconic play, Mephisto, in Cape Town, directed by Chris Weare, 2021

What: Mephisto by Klaus Mann, adaption by Ariane Mnouchkine Where: Theatre on the Bay When: August 25, 26, 27, 28 and September 1 at 7pm. Saturday August 28 at 3pm Performed by:  LAMTA (Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy) Director: Chris Weare Design: Niall Griffin (set, costume, lighting and props) Tickets: R200 Bookings: E-mail or contact Sharon at 066 564 1816  

There is tremendous excitement around the staging of Klaus Mann’s Mephisto, performed by students of Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy (LAMTA) and directed by Professor Chris Weare. The season will be on at Theatre on The Bay. With current lockdown regulations, permitting 50 seats per performance, it is essential to book ensure that you don’t miss out on seeing this powerful play- with evocative and unforgettable images. Chris Weare knows the play well. He directed the play in 2004, 2010 and 2014- and it is wonderful that we are getting to see this satirical and important play, in year two of the pandemic, with tight lockdown regulations which make staging anything, an accomplishment. Award winning Niall Griffin is doing the design. In their shows during lockdown, LAMTA students have bowled over audiences, with their artistry and energy. All their shows have sold out. Mephisto is an absolute must see play, with the dream creative team of Chris Weare and Niall Griffin and the superb LAMTA students. Info as supplied:


After the huge success of their dance show, ‘PHOTOGRAPH’ in June, the students of the Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy (LAMTA) are ready to wow you again, this time, with their acting production entitled MEPHISTO.

Under the direction of Emeritus Professor Christopher Weare, with costume and set design by Niall Griffin, the cast of 29 young actors present Klaus Mann’s satiric story about the rise to power of Hendrik Höfgen, a character actor who in his own life plays a bizarre part in the elite circle of the Third Reich. MEPHISTO is set in the 1920s in Nazi-era Germany and serves as a reminder of how authoritarian fascist rule can destroy the fabric of a country, and what the role of an artist can be in this situation. MEPHISTO follows Hendrik Höfgen, who runs a Bolshevik theatre group in 1920s Germany but later switches sides and ingratiates himself with the Nazis. Höfgen’s on-stage portrayal of Mephistopheles in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust earns him accolades, but he eventually realises that he has turned into Faust himself – a puppet of the Mephistophelian Nazis.

We are very excited to be able to present a safe and live theatre experience to you all at the Theatre on Bay with strict COVID safety protocols in place. Socially distanced seating as per government capacity regulations is in effect in addition to regular sanitising of the venue and health screening upon entrance to the Theatre.

LAMTA Presents ‘MEPHISTO’ By Klaus Mann
Adapted by Ariane Mnouchkine

Performances at The Theatre on the Bay-  August-September 2021

Wednesday August 25, at 7pm
Thursday August 26, at 7pm
Friday August 27, at 7pm
Saturday August 28, at 3pm and 7pm
Wednesday September 1 at 7pm  

Tickets: R200   Bookings: E-mail or contact Sharon at 066 564 1816

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