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About the Show Less...

An adaptation of La Ronde, updating the action to contemporary South Africa obsessed with sex and violence. Read More >

New drama Foreplay is an adaptation of La Ronde, updating the action to contemporary South Africa obsessed with sex and violence, where AIDS is still taking too many lives.

In 2006 Township Stories, a previous piece by Foreplay playwright Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, was described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as “one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre to emerge from post-apartheid South Africa”. Foreplay is written in the same gripping, raw style.

Presented by the South African State Theatre, where it opened in March, Foreplay plays at the Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of an international tour.

Please note, Foreplay contains very strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 22/05/2009

Opening Night: 26/05/2009

Closing Night: 13/06/2009

Running time: 1h50

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Cast & Creative


Excellentia Mokoena, Koketso Mojela, Ntshepiseng Montshiwa, Mandla Gaduka, Sello Zikalala, Boitumelo Shisana


Director - Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom

Producer - South African State Theatre in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East

Designer - Wilhelm Disbergen

Choreographer - Israel Bereta

Author - Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom

About Theatre Royal Stratford East

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

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