CATALINA THEATRE: Late Night Comedy at the Catalina takes place on May 2. Catch popular radio DJ and one of Durban’s best-loved comedians, Neville Pillay, as he shares the comedy stage with well-known Durban funny men Masood Boomgaard and Kelvin Stoffels for an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy. Show takes place from 10pm to 11.30pm. Tickets are R80 (show only), R140 (includes dinner at John Dory’s or Spur beforehand) Tickets at Computicket. For more info, call Catalina box office on 031 837 5999.
THE PLAYHOUSE: The Playhouse New Stages sees iLembe, written and directed by the multi-award winning team of Smal Ndaba and Phyllis Klotz and designed by Sarah Roberts stage until May 3. iLembe tells the story of the last month of Shaka’s life from four different perspectives through the Mbopha, the man who allegedly stabbed Shaka first; Fynn, an English trader; Nomcebo, Shaka’s sister and Jakoet, a Xhosa man who could speak English and served Shaka as a translator. Public performances are April 27 to May 3 at the Drama Theatre, 7.30pm. To accommodate school learners performances stage at 10am. Tickets: R20 (schools preview only) and R70 adults.
Doubt stages from May 2 to 4 at the Loft Theatre with shows at 10am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Directed by James Cunningham and featuring Fiona Ramsay, Faniswa Yisa, James Alexander and Janna Ramos-Violante; Doubt is a provocative and gripping story of suspicion and suspense. When Sister Aloysius, a rigid Bronx school principal, accuses a progressive and engaging priest, Father Flynn, of having improper relations with a young male student, she inadvertently raises questions that force her to confront the foundation of her own moral certainty. Dynamic yet subtle, manipulative yet full of empathy. Doubt is a beautifully balanced drama that draws its power from its ambiguity. The Tony Award-winning play is penned by John Patrick Shanley. Ticket price is R55 for adults, R35 (schools performance on May 2, 10am) .
Freedom, choreographed by Casey Swales, sees The Playhouse Company dancers explore aspects of freedom through neo-classical, contemporary dance.
SEABROOKES THEATRE (DHS): The Diary of Adam and Eve runs from May 1 to 3. Mark Twain’s deliciously whimsical and seldom-staged work, adapted for the stage by Mark Bucci, is a poignant, knowing, and terrifically witty three-hander which takes a dig at timeless observations on the nature of men, women and love. Produced and directed by Catarina Morgado; the play feautures Morgado opposite Jonathan Cohen as Adam, and Mthokozisi Zulu as the Snake. Performances are at 7.30pm. Booking through Computicket. Tickets cost R80.
DURBAN CITY HALL: Lovers of fine music will be thrilled by the news that top UK opera star Bryn Terfel will be bringing his bass-baritone voice to South African shores. The Welshman, who will be accompanied by South African pianist Nina Schumann, will give three performances in Johannesburg on Tuesday May 6, Durban on Friday May 9 and in Pretoria on Sunday May 11. The Durban performance takes place at Durban City Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets R420 and R350 (popular programme) Book at Computicket.