BAT CENTRE: After receiving rave reviews for three years, stand-up comedy show Charous and Bruinous is back just for the festive season. Catch Richelieu Beaunoir, Masood Boomgaard, Neil Green, Simmi Aref and Arnotte Payne in what’s described as a “cultural adventure”. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. R100 at Computicket and Shoprite.
CATALINA THEATRE: Last year’s Animal Tails was a silly adventure, five stories filled with high jinks and laughter. This year, see Animal Tails II. Will Winnie the Warthog realise her dream of being a fashionista? Or will the evil twin bunnies and their henchman ruin her plan? Will the three Amigo Pups get the stash, or will the mean cat Gruesome foil their plan? Who will win the TV quiz show with the dashing Monkee Jones and his gorgeous Hello Kitties? Will Rolex the Watchdog learn a valuable lesson in kindness on the farm? Filled with sing-along action songs and humour, it’s an entertaining and educational show for the whole family. There will be a cameo appearance by Justin Beaver as well as the debut performance of the talented Savanna Rae Grace (four-and-a-half years old) as the show’s opening act. 11am daily. Today to December 22. R60 if older than two years. Bookings: 031 305 6889.
THE PLAYHOUSE: The Playhouse Company and Stable Theatre present Nkanyezi – The Star in The Playhouse Loft. Created by the award-winning team of director Thuli Dumakude, musical director Faca Kulu and scriptwriter and assistant director Caroline Smart. The cast features Khanyisile Jwaha, Faca Kulu, Lyschelle Linderboom, Thabani Mahlobo, Robyn McHarry and Derosha Moodley. Ends Friday at 7.30pm. Matinee on Saturday at 2pm. Tickets R65 at Computicket.
CATALINA THEATRE: The international spoof comedy The 39 Steps runs until December 30. Directed by Themi Venturas, it features Clare Mortimer, Loyiso McDonald, Michael Gritten and Clinton Small as the title character, Richard Hannay. Saturday and Sunday have two low-price previews. Opening night is tomorrow. Shows: Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2.30pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2.30pm and 6pm. R100. Bookings: 031 305 6889 or www.strictlytickets.com
UMHLANGA: The uMhlanga Summer Carnival takes place in and around uMhlanga until December 23. It starts with the Summer Surf Session. Also on the menu is the Granada Square Carol Service, a street party with live music and more. There will be extreme sporting events. Info: 031 312 1281 or visit www.umhlangatourism.co.za
SUNCOAST SUNZONE: The Wizard of Oz. An adult pantomime. Ends January 13. Ideal year-end party fare. Corporate entertainment. 7.30pm. R110 to R200 at Computicket.
THE BARNYARD THEATRE, Gateway: Catch The Seven Wonders until January 6. Experience what it would be like for Elvis Presley and Christina Aguilera to sing a duet, Whitney Houston to croon with Bryan Adams, while Bob Marley keeps up the spirits with songs such as One Love and Three Little Birds. Carlos Santana adds mystery with She’s Not There and Smooth, and Chris de Burgh brings his flair with A Spaceman Came Travelling, Don’t Pay the Ferryman, Lady in Red and more. Tickets: R145 from Wednesday to Saturday, with discounted specials of R110 every Tuesday night. Sunday matinee costs R90. For bookings, call 031 566 3045.
THE HERITAGE THEATRE: To celebrate the festive season, The Heritage is staging a selection of the best party songs to see us ending the year with a bang. Expect music from Maroon 5, Bryan Adams, Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Queen, Sting, Journey and many more. The show is fronted by Barry Thomson with Marion Loudon and Jerryn Fosteras. Musical director Dawn Selby is on keyboards. On drums is Mali Sewell, with Jason Andrew on bass and vocals. R195 Wednesdays to Saturdays and R165 Tuesday evenings and Sunday matinee. All prices include a two-course meal. There are lunchtime performances to cater for corporate year-end festivities. A show-only option of R120. Booking: 031 765 4197.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Get ready to be swept away by one of the most popular and romantic stories ever told. KickstArt presents Disney’s popular Broadway musical hit Beauty and the Beast. Ends January 6. R130 to R200 at Computicket.
USHAKA MARINE WORLD: Dolphins by Starlight with the theme park’s superstars, queens of splash Affrika, Tombi, Khanya and Zulu, saltwater showmen Kelpie, Jula, Khwezi and Ingelosi and show-stopper Gambit. A Christmas tradition, the show features selected top 100 Christmas songs that extend from well-known carols to contemporary favourites and a smattering of classics. Produced and directed by uShaka Marine World’s Wayne R Scott and choreographed by Shelly Hoggard, Dolphins by Starlight features Dewald Louw (kykNET’s first Idols winner), supper theatre diva Marion Loudon and home-grown young choral talent Jonathan Johansen. Calli Thompson is musical director while Durban’s Shelley McLean is the vocal director. Bring some toys to support East Coast Radio’s Toy Story initiative. R120 for adults, R99 for under-12s. 7.30pm. R120 at Computicket or call 031 328 8000.
IZULU THEATRE, SIBAYA CASINO: The Michael Jackson musical biography HIStory II comes to Durban. A spectacular musical biography of Jackson’s life runs until January 6, with one special performance being staged at Sun International’s Wild Coast Sun on December 26. This musical biography will take fans back to the Jackson 5 era before continuing on a thrilling journey to this decade . It features more than 20 songs performed live by impersonator Kenny Wizz. Shows: Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm (R250) and one night only at the Tropical Nites Theatre at the Wild Coast Sun (R200) on December 26 at 8pm. Book at Computicket.
WESTRIDGE STADIUM: Mbongeni Ngema’s Committed Artists Foundation will present the inaugural Siyagiya Durban International Music and Cultural Carnival 2012. It’s a grand-scale live entertainment event at Durban’s West Ridge Park Stadium to be held on December 21. This year’s components will comprise a concert running from 1pm to 7pm, followed by a mainstage extravaganza from 8pm to 1am. Siyagiya’s line-up includes Isicathamiya groups, gospel groups and popular artists such as Zonke, Freshlyground, Mbongeni Ngema, Thandiswa Mazwai, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jimmy Dludlu and more. R150 to R450 at Computicket.