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Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching and he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is until he finds his muse - Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.
FIVE STARS. "Superlative theatre. A delight from start to finish." The Argus "Sit back, laugh and have fun. A wonderful play to watch." Cape Talk
14 AUGUST - 06 OCTOBER
When a casual greeting or embrace can be seen as racist or harassment, the advice is simple: WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY DARLING. If you can't remember names, just say darling. If you get lost along the road, simply ask for Darling. Join Pieter-Dirk Uys on an exciting walk to the edge of the next cliff, when the end of the world seems nigh. But here's a secret: the sun will rise tomorrow, darling.
"Strongly recommended. When in doubt, just buy a ticket." What’s on in Jo'burg "Vlymskerp en eietyds." Die Burger
07 - 25 AUGUST
SIGNIFICANT OTHER Fugard Theatre Runs until Sat 7 July 2018 Tue - Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm. 16yrs +. 2h 40m including interval
Senior Citizen Group Booking Reduction 60+ years. For 10 + people, valid in all seats. Wed - Sat, subject to availability. YOU SAVE 10% on every seat booked!
Prices Tue – Thur @ 8pm B – K and AA – DD: R200 L, EE & FF and AAA & BBB: R180 SL, SR and CCC: R170
Sat @ 3pm B – K and AA – DD: R220 L, EE & FF and AAA & BBB: R180 SL, SR and CCC: R160
Fri & Sat @ 8pm B – K and AA – DD: R250 L, EE & FF and AAA & BBB: R220 SL, SR and CCC: R190 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Fugard Theatre Tue 14 August - Sun 02 September & Tue 11 September - Sat 06 October 2018 Tue - Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm | Sun @ 3pm. 2h 30m including interval
Senior Citizen Group Booking Reduction. 60+ years. For 10+ people, valid in all seats from 22 Aug (not available during previews) Tue & Wed @ 8pm and Sun @ 4pm. HALF PRICE.
Prices Previews Tue 14 - Tue 21 Aug All Performances Rows B to K, AA to DD: R280 Rows AAA to BBB, EE to GG, L: R260 Rows CCC, SL, SR: R200 Rows A, SSL, SSR (Restricted View): R150
Season Thu 23 August - Sun 02 September & Tue 11 September - Sat 06 October Tue - Thu @ 8pm Rows B to K, AA to DD: R320 Rows AAA to BBB, EE to GG, L: R280 Rows CCC, SL, SR: R230
Sat & Sun @ 4pm Rows B to K, AA to DD: R320 Rows AAA to BBB, EE to GG, L: R280 Rows CCC, SL, SR: R240
Fri & Sat @ 8pm Rows B to K, AA to DD: R350 Rows AAA to BBB, EE to GG, L: R310 Rows CCC, SL, SR: R280 WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY DARLING Fugard Studio Tue 07 - Sat 25 August. Tue - Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 4pm & 8pm. PG12. 90m no interval
Senior Citizen Group Booking Reduction60+ years. For 10 + people: Wed - Sat, subject to availability. 10% reduction ... you pay JUST R144pp!
FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH returns to the
Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Sandton
For Immediate Release
Daphne Kuhn and Kizara Kreative present FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH
written by and starringChantal Stanfield Directed byMegan Furniss
12th – 23rd June
FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACHreturns to the Auto &
General Theatre on the Square, Sandton for a limited run after a sold out season last year, as well at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. This is the totally bizarre, completely hilarious, absolutely true and moving story of a brown-ish girl
from the Cape Flats who gets involved with a Jew-ish boy from Joburg’s East Rand.
Chantal Stanfieldshares her mostly accurate personal story of
what happened to her as she entered the strange world of Jewish Joburg - where she has to navigate meeting the boyfriend’s family at her first shabbos; to late-night benching (no, not the gym kind); and the strange and sacred spaces
of shandes (scandals) and shul. She wrestles with confusion over her identity and the various labels placed on her while trying to understand Yiddish (oy gevalt!), gefilte fish and decades-old faribels! She deals
with the panic of what to wear to a bris (ritual circumcision of a week-old boy baby) and being questioned about her afro hair.
This uniquely South African tale reveals the first-hand experiences of being a Goy (a Yiddish word to describe a non-Jew), and a ‘Coloured’ one at that, in the
tight-knit Jewish community of Joburg. Chantal tries to get to grips with a culture and heritage that is so vastly different to her own - but ironically often surprisingly similar. Along the way we meet the omnipresent voice of her mother, her gay
best friend and even her first Rabbi!
FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACHis an
uplifting theatrical treat that embraces diversity with warmth and humour. The production runs from 12th – 23rd June at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. There will be 6 performances a week - Tuesdays to
Fridays at 8.15pm and two shows on Saturdays at 6pm and 8.15pm. Enquire about dinner show specials and group discounts. Call the theatre on 011 883-8606 or book online: www.computicket.com or tel. the call centre: 08619158000
Performed in 46 countries, in 23 languages, with over 500 productions and countless awards to its credit, VISITING MISTER GREEN is a stage play by American author Jeff Baron. This year it celebrates its 20th anniversary since it opened at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with Eli Wallach in the lead role.
A new production of this well-loved and inspirational play will be proudly presented, for the first time in Sandton by Daphne Kuhn from the 15th May till the 10th June at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. It will be directed by leading director Alan Swerdlow, designed by award winner Denis Hutchinson and feature a star cast - with Michael Richard in the title role as Mr. Green and Roberto Pombo as Ross.
Eighty-six-year-old widower Mr. Green is almost hit by a car driven by young corporate executive Ross Gardiner. Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together, develops into drama as family secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened.
"A great piece of theatre"- London Sunday Telegraph “Jeff Baron has crafted a piece that is extraordinarily beautiful" - La Nacion (Buenos Aires) “We are moved by this tightrope game, a beautiful lesson in humanity"- Le Télegramme (Paris) "the play explores family alienation and loneliness, but in an engaging, often humorous way - an audience pleaser” -Washington Post
The show runs nightly at 8.15 and at 6pm and 8.15 on a Saturday. There will be a Sunday perf0rmance on the 10th June at 3pm.Enquire about group discounts and dinner show packages. We can also arrange a short Q & A after the show with the cast, should you wish to attend with a school group. Bookings can be made by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606 or book online:www.computicket.comor tel. the Computicket call centre on 0861 915 8000
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For further media info, interviews and booking enquiries call Daphne Kuhn or Mika Stefano on 011 883-8606 at the box-office.
"It was impressive the first time around, and now it’s even better. The cast make this production next level – they’re all gems, every one of them!" Karen Rutter - Weekend Special
"A triumph. A celebration of song, dance, colour and superb acting that is engaging and compelling and laced with humour." Orielle Berry - Cape Times
"Sensational the second time around. In this mad and fast-moving world appetites change constantly, attention spans narrow and it is easy to dismiss things as old or tired. That said, this fabulous pairing of a sensational Maria and a reliable and gorgeous Tony in a grand-scale production of West Side Story is anything but! Don't muck about - get your tickets now." Siobhan Cassidy - Daily Maverick
Now on at Artscape Opera House playing until Sunday 22 April Tue - Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 4pm & 8pm | Sun @ 2pm & 6pm 2 hours 20 minutes, incl a 20 minute interval
SENSATIONAL SAVINGS ON GROUP BOOKINGS! Adults, corporate, scholars, seniors and students
Athol Fugard's award-winning, internationally acclaimed play about the enigmatic artist Miss Helen (Martins), who with the help of Koos Malgas, created the extraordinary Owl House in Nieu Bethesda.
"I do not have enough words, or the right words to explain the extraordinariness of Prinsloo's embodiment of this strange and complicated woman." Megan Furniss - Weekend Special
"The cast reads like the guest list of an intimate dinner party gathering of South Africa’s acting elite. Saul Radomsky's set design is outstanding and provides the ideal backdrop for these three master actors to play out a story that still resonates 30-odd years after Fugard wrote it." Briony Chisholm - Whatsonincapetown
"Ultimately this woman makes the only decision she can if staying true to herself and the radiance emanating from it sends the audience home in high good humour." Beverley Brommert - Cape Argus
A brief, unhappy marriage; the devastating death of her mother in 1941 and the death in 1945 of her father, with whom she had a troubled relationship, left Helen Martins alone in the house in the dusty Karoo. She realised how dull and grey her life had become and resolved to bring light and colour into her world, starting with crushed glass on the walls of the house that reflected the light of the numerous candles she lit at night, to the horde of real and fantastical creatures that she created in the garden, all facing East to her personal Mecca.. The Owl House is now a National Monument.
Now on at The Fugard Theatre playing until Saturday 12 May. Tuesday - Friday @ 8pm | Saturday @ 4pm & 8pm. 2 hours 20 minutes, incl a 20 minute interval
FANTASTIC SAVINGS ON GROUP BOOKINGS! Adults, corporate, scholars, seniors and students
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FATAL ATTRACTION Based on the 1987 Paramount Pictures Film
Directed by PAULA BANGELS Starring ASHLEY DOWDS
Theatre on the Bay ENDS 07 April
‘A slickly staged, sleekly designed thriller.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Fans of psychological suspense will thrill to this show.’ Daily Mail
Happily married New York lawyer, Dan Gallagher, played by Ashley Dowds (Scandal, Generations, Binnerlanders, Old Boys, Mousetrap, Japes and Blue/Orange), has a two-night stand with a book editor, Alex Forrest, while his wife is away in the country.
Actions have consequences since Alex turns out to be a determined woman who is not to be lightly discarded.
In the end, desperate Dan is stalked and haunted by the tenacious Alex so that his marriage, his job, his car and even his daughter's rabbit are not safe from her attentions.
Where the film depicted Alex as a mad harridan whose hairstyle alone should have set alarm bells ringing, Dearden's play lays more stress on Dan's culpability.
After first meeting Alex, he talks of "that sense of exhilaration when the hunter closes in on his prey". He goes on to describe his bout of weekend sex as a "minor indiscretion" and his chum, Jimmy, seeks to justify male infidelity by saying:
"We're programmed that way – we can't help ourselves."
A film that was at least a brutally effective psychological thriller has become a modern morality-play that simply confirms the dismal truth of Arthur Hugh Clough's poetic couplet: "Do not adultery commit, Advantage rarely comes of it."
Duration is 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval. Tickets from R120 – R200 : PG 16
Theatre on The Bay CLOSES FOR RENOVATIONS From end APRIL until SEPTEMBER 2018 ALL updated future production information will be forwarded within the coming months once renovations are near completion and all other details are finalised /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Pieter Toerien, David Ian and The Really Useful Group present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Cape Town - ARTSCAPE Opera 6 May 2018 – 27 May 2018
The Sound of Music contains arguably the best-loved songs of all time– Andrew Lloyd Webber
This lavish production, presented in South Africa by Pieter Toerien, David Ian and The Really Useful Group, tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains from Austria, with its unforgettable score that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favourite Things”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and the title song “The Sound of Music”. Featuring an all-star South African cast back from their international tour, The Sound of Music is a must-see on the 2018 theatrical calendar!
With words and music by the legendary Rogers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I), The Sound of Music originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony Awards - including “Best Musical”. The show opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”, and quickly became the highest-grossing film in history. Even today, The Sound of Music remains the most successful movie musical in history.
Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of The Sound of Music has led to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “The World’s Most Popular Musical”. This production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened to rave reviews and sell-out business at the Wales Millennium Centre in July 2009, following a record-breaking 954 performances at the London Palladium where it was seen by well over 2 million people. The role of Maria was cast following a hugely popular 2006 BBC reality television show called “How do You Solve a Problem like Maria?”. The 2014 South African production was a huge box office smash and garnered a flood of rave reviews from the local media: A MUST SEE! Magical and AMAZING!” Artslink.co.za
“A TRIUMPH! A GREAT production!” The Citizen
“This musical is definitely one of my FAVOURITE things! An EXCELLENT production that will enchant yet another generation!” Saturday STAR
“GLORIOUS production! An international family favourite! A nostalgia trip that you’ll never want to end. Cast and orchestra are SUPERB!” Business Day
The 2018 production will star Andre Schwartz as Captain von Trapp and Carmen Pretoriusas Maria.
The hills will certainly be alive once again with the Sound of Music in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2018. Bookings are now open at Computicket. Performance details as follows:
Performances: Tue – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm & 6pm
Cape Town - ARTSCAPE Opera 6 May 2018 – 27 May 2018