RHUMBELOW THEATRE: This year is the 45th anniversary of the “three days of peace and music celebration” – Woodstock – when 32 acts performed to 400 000 people. Celebrate the music of Woodstock with The Reals – Barry Thomson (guitar/vocals), Dawn Selby (keyboards/vocals), Mali Sewell (drums/vocals), Jason Andrew (bass guitar/vocals). Marion Loudon (vocals/percussion) will join them. Watch excerpts from Woodstock on screen. Dress up in Woodstock style and stand a chance of winning a prize. Runs Friday to August 17. R120 at Computicket or [email protected]
THE BARNYARD THEATRE: Born to Be Wild is a tribute to the wildest rock stars and rock anthems. Ends August 31. The show covers 60 years of music as it rediscovers rock classics. R145 from Wednesday to Saturday, R110 every Tuesday night and R100 for the Sunday matinee. Bookings and enquiries: 031 566 3045 or visit www.barnyard theatres.co.za/gateway. E-mail gateway@ barnyardtheatres.co.za.
CORNER CAFÉ: Join comedian Jem Atkins for a night of good, clean Crazy Bingo fun with comedy, entertainment and prizes on Friday at 6.30pm for 7pm. R120 includes four rounds of Bingo and Judd’s famous “bottomless” pizza. Cash bar. Book early: 031 201 0219 or [email protected]
Suncoast: Catch Wed-Dingalings – Night Before from Friday to Sunday. R120 from Suncoast Cinecentre or call 086 124 6300. A family laugh featuring your favourite songs and nostalgic stories when the guys get together the night before their friend’s wedding.
CATALINA THEATRE: Until August 17 catch For Better or Worse. The drama written by Koobeshen Naidoo (of Dingalings fame) tells the story of three generations of women who are thrust together for a weekend while their husbands are away fishing. What transpires threatens to disrupt their relationships and their lives. For more information and bookings, call 031 837 5999
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: From the company that brought Durban the dark and smouldering sexy musical, Cabaret, comes Sweeney Todd. This musical thriller by American theatrical genius, Stephen Sondheim, features one of the greatest music theatre scores written. It tells the outlandish tale of urban legend, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who famously murdered his clients in his barber’s chair, whereafter his whacky neighbour, and partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, turned them into meat pies. This KickstArt production stars Jason Ralph in the title role, and local favourite Charon Williams-Ros as Mrs Lovett. Others in the cast include Lyle Buxton, Sanli Jooste, Bryan Hiles, Richard Salmon, Danilo Antonelli, Liesl Coppin and Darren King. Directed by Steven Stead, with set designs by Greg King. Shows run from Friday to August 24. Book at Computicket.
WESTVILLE BOYS’ HIGH: The school presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Directed by Luke Holder and choreographed by Fiona Barnes, the show combines many musical styles, from country to calypso to rock ‘n’ roll, in a series of memorable musical numbers. Show ends Sunday. Get tickets from 031 267 1330.
THE PLAYHOUSE, Opera: Russian composer Tchaikovsky created the music for three of the world’s most loved ballets – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. His legacy will live on when Stars of the Ballet Russia tour South Africa with a programme choreographed by Yury Vetrov, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet. Today and tomorrow. The programme includes Acts 2 and 4 from Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty and the grand pas from Paquita. R150 to R280, R100 for pensioners and children under 12 at Computicket.
IZULU THEATRE, SIBAYA CASINO: Back by demand is the brazenly funny Aunty Rumba… accompanied by three of Durban’s funniest comedians. Aunty Rumba and Friends are set to bring the house down. Her entourage includes Jailoshni Naidoo, Mervyn Pillay, and Neville Pillay. August 15, 16 and 17. R120 at Computicket and the box office.PG 13.
THE PLAYHOUSE: The 18th South African Women’s Arts Festival offers drama, dance, music and entertainment. The festival runs from August 22 to 31. It comprises a mix of stage productions, dance dramas, a poetry slam, music, arts and crafts exhibitions and children’s theatre, all of which will focus on the role of women in our country. Shades, written by Sharman Macdonald, directed by Ralph Lawson, starring Lisa Bobbert; a gala concert; From Then ’Til Now – which is Mark Hawkin’s presentation to commemorate the two decades of democracy; the Inter-generational Women’s Dialogue; Beyond the Big Bangs, a new comedy drama by Ashwin Singh; and more will be on offer. Bookings: 031 369 9540/ 9596 (office hours) or Computicket. Information at 031 369 9456 or salescoordinator@ playhousecompany.com.
SEABROOKE’S THEATRE: Dear Breeder runs August 28 (7pm for 7.30pm in support of the Robin Hood Foundation. R100 for the charity show); August 29 at 7.30pm, August 30 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and August 31 at 2.30pm. R80 for shows from Friday to Sunday. Booking essential. Contact Karen at [email protected]
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