in 2018 CTO started it’s season with the special musical adaptation of the classic story of Tsotsi, Based on the novel by Athol Fugard. With music composed by singer-songwriter Zwai Bala, and book and lyrics by Mkhululi Mabija, this gritty, contemporary musical adaptation is directed by award winners Neil Coppen and Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, with set design by Michael Mitchell and Neil Coppen, choreography by Standard Bank Young Artist Thandazile “Sonia” Radebe, lighting by Kobus Rossouw and costumes by Noluthando Lobese.

Tsotsi, the Musical is funded by the National Lotteries Commission and supported by the Western Cape Government Cultural Affairs and Sport department and BASA.

Director Khayelihle Dom Gumede speaks to Cape Talk about the creative team and the music:


Tsotsi, the Musical tells the powerful story of a hardened township criminal whose life changes forever after a bungled mugging leaves him caring for a stranger’s baby.

Director Khayelihle Dom Gumede speaks to Cape Talk about this unique story:

Performance history

8 – 17 Feb, 2018 at Artscape Theatre, Cape Town

In The Press

Nothing short of extraordinary.  A superb production. Utterly compelling … a powerful story indeed that offers optimism and hope.
Orielle Berry –  

Gripped, and bracing myself for more darkness and suspense, I was upended by the most ebullient musical experience that I’ve had in years.
Nwabisa Mbana –    

What makes this a memorable experience  …  is the brilliance of the work’s presentation, the combination of skills that has forged an ambience which almost becomes a persona in itself.
Cape Times  

“An exceptional creative team and cast … reinventing and breathing fresh life into the material from Athol Fugard’s novel. Don’t miss this production, set to break boundaries in musical theatre.”
Robyn Cohen – Saturday Live

“Tsotsi musical steals the limelight!  A fresh interpretation of Athol Fugard’s novel, featuring new plot twists, an edgy score and fresh characters.”
Eugene Yiga – Business Day

“Expect drama, suspense and introspection from this highly anticipated gritty, contemporary musical.”