The FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT and ‘the ballet’ – ROMEO & JULIET this year – are the events that traditionally sell out fast, so we’re opening bookings early to give you a chance to secure your tickets.

  • To book for the Festival Gala Concert, go here
  • To book for ROMEO & JULIET, go here

The Festival Gala Concert

THE FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT presents a wide range of music to appeal to all music lovers. The programme will include this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Guy Buttery, who will present several of his own compositions arranged for orchestra, as well as popular South African pianist Charl du Plessis performing re-invented arrangements of many classical favourites: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Bach’s Toccata and Piazzolla’s Libertango. The programme will also include tributes to Hugh Masekela, Leonard Bernstein and it will end with a rousing performance of the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, with a participatory surprise! BOOK NOW

Romeo & Juliet

In his Choreographer’s Note, Robin van Wyk says: ‘It is the most famous love story – the one where they die for love! We have probably all experienced this powerful feeling once or maybe twice in our lives – Romeo’s love for Juliet is so overpowering that in the course of this experience, nothing can stop him, nothing can contain his emotions. Juliet’s first encounter, at the tender age of 13, with this force called love also cannot be bottled up, explained or switched off, even in the face of family adversity. With the help of Sergei Prokofiev’s incredible score and the very talented dancers of the Cape Town City Ballet, I bring this powerful love story to the Guy Butler Theatre stage as part of the National Arts Festival. Here, two star-crossed lovers meet, fall head over heels and die for love!’ BOOK NOW

Early bookings

Visit our Early Bookings page to see what other hot tickets are already on sale. The full programme will be open for booking on 8 May 2018 – in other words, tickets to all shows on the Main, Arena and Fringe programme will be on sale from early May.