Since it first opened in 1950, Maynardville Open-Air Theatre has been a popular venue for many a concert, play and live performance. Now, nearly 70 years later, this sheltered green belt in Wynberg has become synonymous with the annual Shakespeare in the Park plays. And as many of us know, Shakespeare’s plays are always so much more enjoyable with uplifting, soul-soaring music. Was it not the The Bard himself who declared: “If music be the food of love, play on”?
With that in mind, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some of the most beloved orchestral works that underscore Shakespeare’s popular plays.
From 18 to 20 January 2018, Maynardville will come alive with a musical ode to Shakespeare. With Brandon Phillips conducting, soprano Louise Howlett singing, and narration by Rodney Trudgeon, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a string of magical works. These include Otto Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as other pieces by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Prokofiev, and many others who have created exquisite underscores for Shakespeare’s illustrious works.
So, grab a blanket, some cushions and a few of your music-loving mates, and head to Maynardville Park for a memorable evening picnic on the lawn before the Symphonic Shakespeare concert takes you on a musical journey under a starlit sky.