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SEABROOKES THEATRE: Taboo Productions present Dear Mrs Steyn starring Alison Cassels as Emily Hobhouse. The play runs until March 29 and will be particularly appreciated by women. It is recommended to drama and history students. The power and impact of women in society more than 100 years ago is still as applicable today and, seeing this in context, the audience relates to the action, drama and responsibility that still lies with us today. Directed by Thomie Holtzhausen, the play was originally compiled by Wilna Snyman and Deon Opperman based on letters written by Emily Hobhouse to Rachel Isabella Steyn during the Anglo Boer War. Tickets: R80, block bookings of 50 or more R40. For group bookings, e-mail Thomie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online bookings: www.quicket.co.za.
THE PLAYHOUSE: Think Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello ends on Thursday. The production will tour to Gauteng for a season at the University of Johannesburg from May 5 to 16, followed by a run at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria from May 18 to 22. Directed by Clare Mortimer, Nhlakanipho Manqele takes the title role for the first time, opposite Cara Roberts, as Desdemona. Also starring Clinton Small as Iago and Mortimer as his wife Emilia, with Michael Gritten, Daisy Spencer, Marc Kay, Bryan Hiles, Rowan Bartlett and Darren King. Monday to Friday at 9am and noon (schools), and Tuesdays at 7pm (public). R80 adults, R55 (schools). Call Doreen Stanley at 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668.
HERITAGE THEATRE: The Glitter Girls return from today to March 30. Stars Lisa Bobbert, Liesl Coppin and Marion Loudon. With songs from the 1980s to today and hits from Bananarama, The Eurythmics, Rihanna, One Direction and Abba. Witness the Glitter Girls relive their triumphs, trials and heartbreaks. Tickets: from R120 for show only from Wednesday to Saturday and R100 on Tuesdays and Sunday matinees. New a la carte menu. Bookings: 031 765 4197.
CATALINA THEATRE, Wilson’s Wharf: Polart Productions present A Cookie in the Kitchen, a poignant one-hander written and directed by Vivian Moodley, produced by Pranesh Maharaj featuring Sivani Chinappan in her debut theatrical role, from March 24 until 31, nightly at 7pm. A Cookie in the Kitchen tells the story of every woman. Book at Computicket. Seating is reserved.
RHUMBELOW THEATRE, Durban: La Esencia del Salsa! (The Essence of Salsa) stages from Friday to March 30. Vibrant live music, energetic dance and intimate theatre come together to tell the story of salsa. From the courts of King Louis XIV to the plantation slaves of the Caribbean to the dance halls of New York City and the world, be entertained by rootsy Cuban folklore, European art music with an African twist, swinging Latin jazz, and explosive salsa, performed by Manteca, Durban’s 11-piece Afro-Caribbean band. R120, R100 pensioners and tables of eight or more. Bring picnic baskets. Book at Computicket or call 031 205 7602.
SUNCOAST: After a sold-out debut in Joburg, Keeping up with the Koopasamys, the show that spoofs reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians, is at Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment from March 28 to 30. From the same team that brought you Curry on Laughing!, this hilarious comedy celebrates Indian sub-culture. R125 at Computicket. Suncoast cardholders get up to 20 percent discount.
DURBAN ICC: The award-winning British comedian and master of the edgy one-liner, Jimmy Carr, has teamed up with Comedy Central and Real Concerts for his new stand-up show, Jimmy Carr – Gagging Order, on March 31. Known for his signature laugh and near-the-knuckle dark humour, Carr knows how to make people chuckle, having performed live to more than 1.5 million comedy fans, sold more than 1 000 000 DVDs and hosted countless TV shows. Gagging Order promises to be a hilarious night out, packed with one-liners, stories and jokes: some clever, some rude and a few downright unacceptable! Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency and moral compass at home. 7.30pm. R371 to R743 at Computicket.
THE PLAYHOUSE: Classic ballet master-pieces performed to music by French composers are what audiences will experience when Crown of the Russian Ballet tour the country. The innovative Moscow company will perform two shows only, on Thursday and Friday, at 7.30pm. The programme celebrates masterpieces of French music in ballet, including Camille Saint Saens’s Dying Swan, Jacques Brel’s Don’t Leave Me and Ravel’s Bolero. Also on the programme are George Bizet’s one-act ballet Carmen and the pas de deux from Le Corsaire. R150 to R280 at Computicket. Early booking is advised.
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