HERE WE ARE: The Abra-Viagra comedy-magic and illusion show opens this week, starring Stephen Coete (comedy, magic) and Ricki Gray (illusionist). They are pictured with Grays assistant, Samantha Kemp.

THE PLAYHOUSE: Classic ballet masterpieces set to music by top French composers are in store for audiences when the Crown of the Russian Ballet performs today and tomorrow at 7.30pm. The works range from Camille-Saint Saens’s The Dying Swan, Jacques Brel’s Don’t Leave Me and Maurice Ravel’s Bolero to Georges Bizet’s Carmen. The programme also includes the pas de deux from the ballet Le Corsaire. R150 to R280 at Computicket

RHUMBELOW THEATRE (PMB AND DURBAN): Audiences can look forward to mind-blowing illusions, magic, stand-up comedy, participation and laughter with illusionist Ricki Gray and magician Stephen Cloete. Gray has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Cloete has worked as entertainer and cruise director on luxury cruise ships in the US, UK and South Africa. Abra-Viagra stages Friday to June 1 at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 6.30pm with an additional show at 2pm on June 1. R120, R100 pensioners and tables of eight or more, at Computicket. Bring picnic baskets.

ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: The production company KickstArt presents the musical Annie from Friday to June 15. The rags-to-riches story of everybody’s favourite orphan, Annie, features Lisa Bobbert as the hilariously villainous Miss Hannigan; Steven Stead as Miss Hannigan’s wicked brother, Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan; Iain “Ewok” Robinson as billionaire Daddy Warbucks; Jessica Sole as Grace Farrel; and Belinda Henwood as Lily St Regis, Rooster’s rather trashy girlfriend. Sarah Donkin from uMhlanga and Luca Tarboton from Berea alternate as the darling redhead. Sets by Greg King and costumes by Neil Stuart Harris. Book at Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, or sold performances and early bird specials, contact Ailsa Windsor: 083 250 2690 or [email protected]

CORNER CAFÉ: Join comedian Jem Atkins for a night of good, clean fun, comedy entertainment… and Judd’s famous pizza… in Crazy Bingo on Friday at 6.30pm for 7pm. This is Bingo like you’ve never seen it before, with crazy rules, gags, music and maybe even a conga line or two. R120 includes Bingo and pizza. Book at 031 201 0219.

HEXAGON STUDIO THEATRE, UKZN (PMB): Athol Fugard’s classic Boesman and Lena runs from May 26 to 29 at 6.30pm. Produced by Stallone Santino and directed by Brenda-Lee Cele, it includes Sade Wagner as Lena, Tshepang Koloko as Boesman and Musa Nkomo in the role of Outa. R55 students and teachers. Bookings: promptside [email protected], [email protected] or call 079 679 4837.

INDIAN CANE GROWERS HALL, ML SULTAN CAMPUS (Durban University of Technology): DUT presents the stage adaptation of Sir Anthony Burgess’ iconic novella, A Clockwork Orange, a cautionary tale and dark social satire about extreme youth violence, from Friday until May 30. Directed by junior lecturer Marcia Peschke, performances start at 7pm. R35. Call Busisiwe Mqadi at 031 373 2194, or Mthandazo Mofokeng at 031 373 2532. Age restriction of 16.


MO-ZAM-BIK (BALLITO): Join us for delicious Mozambican cuisine while enjoying a top-class show from three comedians – Gareth Woods (Cape Town), Richelieu B (Joburg) and Masood Boomgaard (Durban). May 27. 8.30pm. R30. Bookings: 032 946 0979

AMSTERDAM BAR: Durban’s monthly Comedy Show at the Amsterdam Restaurant and Bar, 143 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road, Glenwood, takes place on May 28 at 8.30pm. Featured acts are Gareth Woods (guitarist-comedian from Cape Town), Richelieu B (Joburg), Felix Hlophe (Durban radio jock and comedian – Gagasi FM, Vuma FM), Arno Else (Durban) and Phila Dube. R30. To book call 031 811 5449 or mail [email protected]

NEW YORK BAR: The New York Comedy Club, 101 Innes Road, Morningside, continues the comedy madness with Gareth Woods, Richelieu B, Felix Hlophe, Shannon Rice (Durban) on May 29 at 8.30pm. R40. Call 031 312 9605.

CATALINA THEATRE: On Fire Comedy, in association with the Catalina Theatre, John Dory’s Restaurant and Spur, proudly presents – Whose Line?, the hilarious improv comedy show featuring four comedians. May 30. 10pm to 11.30pm. Join Carvin Goldstone, Jem Atkins, Arno Else and special guest Gareth Woods (Cape Town) as they make everything up on stage. It’s all about audience participation, props and comedy mayhem made famous by the popular TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? R80 show only, R140 (dinner at John Dory’s or Spur beforehand) at Computicket. For more information, call 031 837 5999.

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