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The Fugard Theatre will mark the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award to Athol Fugard in New York on June 12 with a week of classic films based on the playwright’s works this week, from 7 — 11 June.

The Awards committee described Fugard as “a playwright whose art has always spoken out against racism and who continues to be an active voice for freedom and equality”. Over the years Athol Fugard has received six Tony nominations including four for Best Play – Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island (1975); A Lesson from Aloes (1982) and Master Harold and The Boys (1982) and Blood Knot (1986). All screenings will start at 8pm and hot soup, garlic bread, wine and a warm atmosphere will await patrons at The Fugard. The theatre has recently been fitted out with new cinema—style seats and cinema quality projection and surround sound systems. The updated schedule is as follows: Tuesday 7 June: Boesman and Lena directed by Ross Devenish and starring Athol Fugard and Yvonne Bryceland (1974). Wednesday 8 June: Marigolds in August directed by Ross Devenish and starring Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona (1979). Thursday 9 June: The Guest directed by Ross Devenish and starring Athol Fugard (1976). Friday 10 June: The Road to Mecca directed by Athol Fugard and Peter Goldsmid and starring Academy award-winner Kathy Bates, Athol Fugard and Yvonne Bryceland (1992). Saturday 11 June: Tsotsi directed by Gavin Hood — 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.Tickets are R40 and bookings can be made on www.computicket.com www.computicket.com, or by phoning the Fugard Theatre Box Office on 021 461 4554.

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