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SEABROOKES THEATRE: Dracula – The Vampire Strikes Back is a fun-filled production suitable for the family. Written by Thomas Ribbits and Tim Saward, it tells the story of Sapphi the vampire slayer and her attempts to rid London, and eventually the world, of the evil vampire. Aided by the incompetent and timid Jonathan Harker, her mother, Coco, the pantomime dame, and her friend Lucy Lastic, she must find victory and love somewhere between England and Transylvania. With a cast of 18 pupils (with girls from Our Lady of Fatima), the show runs from tomorrow until Friday, at 7pm. Tickets: R40 at 031 277 1500 during school hours.
THE RHUMBELOW THEATRE: The Minnie and Johnson Show starring Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson is being staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Bring picnic baskets. Tickets: R100 at Computicket, or call Roland at 031 205 7602, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UKZN DRAMA DEPARTMENT: Two travelling shows return to Durban this week in the form of a double bill of No Added Charges and Transition. The first is a funny and witty production that delves into the world of bank heists gone horribly wrong. The young, gifted cast is made up of students from UKZN. Set in the 1990s, in a time of hope and rebirth in SA, it looks at how those in remote areas are struggling to survive. The second feature explores what it is to be young and frustrated. It is set in a rehab centre, where two different people from entirely different worlds meet and find solace. Through these meetings, a black comedy arises through the clashing of ideals, as the cocaine addict and the Christian boy begin to heal. Shows run from Tuesday to Sunday, with two shows a night. Call 031 260 3133 to make bookings. Tickets: R40 for the double bill and R30 for one show only. Students and pensioners get a discount of R20.
THE HERITAGE THEATRE: Burlesque! ends on August 26. A “cheeky, sultry, sizzling” extravaganza of song and dance centred on characters who work together, live together, love together, and sometimes even sleep together. Stars Marion Loudon, Gary McKenzie, Lauren Laing and Liesl Coppin. Rated PG13. Tickets: R195 Wednesday to Saturdays, and R165 Tuesday nights and Sunday matinee. All prices include a two-course meal. A show-only option is R100. Bookings: 031 765 4197.
THE BARNYARD THEATRE: Icons Of The 80s ends on Sunday. Come and experience the explosive music scene from the decade in which Michael Jackson launched his smash-hit Thriller album, Madonna first performed Pappa Don’t Preach on MTV, Cyndi Lauper knew that Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, The Eurythmics wanted Sweet Dreams, and Britpop ruled the airwaves with the boy band Wham and more. Sunday matinee shows are R90, Tuesday R100, normal tickets R135. Bookings: 031 566 3045.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist returns to Durban after five years. Catch all the hypnotic craziness until August 26. Shows are at 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets: R85 at Computicket.
THE PLAYHOUSE: The hit Broadway production Burn the Floor runs from August 22 to September 2. The show has toured in 30 countries and more than 160 cities worldwide. The company boasts performers from 10 countries, with more than 100 championship dance titles between them. Ballroom dancing has been around for years, but Burn the Floor describes itself as “Ballroom Reinvented”.
Tickets: R80 to R285 at Computicket or www.computicket.com, or call 031 369 9555/6. A “two for the price of one” deal is available for Talk Back Tuesdays, when the dancers stay on stage after the show for a Q&A session.
VARIOUS VENUES: Dingalings Productions bring their show Bust(s) back by popular demand. If you missed their off-the-wall antics, this is your chance to catch them when they return with shows in Tongaat and at Suncoast Casino. The adult comedy takes you down memory lane. Shows are at Tongaat Town Hall on August 29 and at Suncoast on August 31 and September 1 (at Cinecentre Supernova). Tickets are R100 at the box office, or call 086 124 6300. PG16.
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