Joburg Theatre Complex, cnr Loveday and Hoofd sts: 011 877 6854: all bookings at 0861 670 670 or

The Mandela Theatre:

Jack and the Beanstalk. A pantomime by Janice Honeyman, with Tobie Cronjé, Desmond Dube. Ends December 30. R190 to R260.

People’s Theatre: 011 403 1563/2340:

The Little Mermaid, directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith. Ends December 23. R99.

Barnyard Theatre Boksburg, East Rand Mall, cnr Rietfontein Rd and Bentel Ave, 011 823 6933:

Surf’s Up. Hits from The Beach Boys, Katy Perry, Grease, UB40, Mango Groove and more. Ends December 31. Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, doors open 6.30pm, Sunday at 2pm, doors open noon. R80 to R145. Book as above.

Barnyard Theatre Cresta, Cresta Shopping Centre, Beyers Naude Drive, Randburg: 011 280 4370:

Rocking in a Free World. Ends December 31. Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, doors open 6.30pm, Sunday at 2pm, doors open noon. R120 to R150. Book as above.

Barnyard Theatre Rivonia, Rivonia Crossing 2, cnr Witkoppen and Rivonia Roads (entrance in Achter Rd), just off Rivonia Rd turnoff on the N1 highway: 011 234 2033:

Big Top Rock. Ends December 31.Tuesday to Saturday R125, Sunday R95. Book as above.

Bassline Jazz Club, 10 Henry Nxumalo St, Newtown Music Centre, 011 838 9145:

The Hendrix of the Sahara. Vieux Farka Touré with Bongeziwe Mabandla, a partnership between Alliance Francaise and Bassline. January 18 at 8pm.Tickets: early bird special until December 31: R70, after that R90 at

Montecasino, cnr William Nicol Drive and Witkoppen Rd, Fourways: 011 511 1818.

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre:

Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience. A comedy suitable for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). Ends January 6. R100 to R250 at Computicket or at the theatre.

Studio Theatre: 011 511 1818:

Noel and Gertie. A musical review based on the words and music of Noël Coward. Ends January 6. R150 at the box office or Computicket.


Dirty Dancing. The classic story on stage. Ends January 13. R100 to R400 at Computicket.

Tap Dogs. Australian dance team returns. February 12 to March 10. R100 to R275 at Computicket.

Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Joburg, 011 832 1641:

The Market Theatre is running readings at the Main Theatre on the last Thursday every month.An opportunity for playwrights to have their plays heard and get feedback. For a slot e-mail Craig Higginson:

[email protected]

National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, 011 484 1584/5: www.national Inquiries [email protected]:

Annie jr. A musical based on Little Orphan Annie. Ends December 23. R80 kids, R100 adults. Book as above.

Saturday workshops start Saturday, January 26 and run until March 16. Call if your child/children will be joining in the new year.

Carnival City Casino, Heidleberg Rd, Brakpan, 011 898 7575/7000:

Odeon Showbar;

Divas in Drag every Thursday at 8pm. R75 at the door.

Rio Rooms: inquiries Sphiwe Motha 083 856 3077:

Jazz Monate and Afro-Beatz. Sundays at 3pm, hosted by Mesh Mapetla. R100 includes entry and a meal. Tickets at the door. Until end of December.

Show Bar, Carnival City:

What Happens in Vegas Happens at Carnival City. 8pm Friday and Saturday. R50 at the door.

Carnival Comedy Session with John Vlismas and pals. Ends tomorrow. 8pm. R85 at the door.

Mark Banks and friends every Wednesday from December 26 to January 30. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets R80 at the door.

The Boswell Wilkie Circus production The Pirate Experience. Friday to December 28, with matinees at 2pm and shows at 7pm on December 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26 and 28. Evening shows only on December 19, 20, 24, 27. R80 to R170 at Computicket.

Gold Reef City, Northern Parkway, Ormonde, 011 248 6800:

Globe Theatre:

Pop Quiz. An interactive music game show with musicians and singers. Ends December 29. R80 at Computicket or the box office.

Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, 011 928 1297/1213:

[email protected] Palace: 011 928 1273:

“V” Variety Show. Acrobatic artists, aerial performers and rhythmical drumming. Wednesdays and Thursdays R120, Fridays and Saturday R140.

Odeon Showbar:

Cocktail Hunter every Wednesday to Saturday.

Emperors Palace Garden of Lights:

500km of lighting showcasing 200 character light displays. Ends January 6. Gates open 7pm. Free. Donations are welcome, funds to a local charity.

Old Mutual Theatre on the Square, Fifth St Sandton, 011 883 8606 and for bookings 083 377 4969 or Strictly Tickets:

The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Greg Homann. Starring David Denis,Michael Richard, Jonathon Taylor and Clinton Hawkes. Ends Saturday.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Miriam Mekeba between Jeppe and President sts, Newtown, 011 639 8448:

Reacting to Chemistry (science and education), for families and high school pupils, showing how modern chemistry promotes cleaner, more efficient and innovative solutions. Ends May.

Sharpeville Community Hall:

Sharpville: from tragedy to triumph. A township tale by playwright, director and actor Gamakhulu Diniso. January 14 to 26. Info: Sydney Dhlamini at [email protected]

Mphatlalatsane Theatre, Sebokeng:

Sharpville: from tragedy to triumph. A township tale by playwright, director and actor Gamakhulu Diniso. January 28 to February 9, 2013. Info: Sydney Dhlamini [email protected] com.

Calling all musicians: For free publicity and marketing of your concert (and a modest fee) you could feature in WitsMusic’s 2013 programme. To be a part of the calendar next year, fill in the “concert info sheet”at witstheatre, click on “Perform at WitsMusic 2013”, e-mail form to catherine. [email protected] to put yourself in the running for selection. A committee will meet next month to assess the applications and you will be notified thereafter about the success of your application.

EC/NATfestival – Fringe Applications open for 2013 NAF.

Applications for next year’s fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, are open. Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe: e-mail [email protected] nationalarts or call 046 603 1103 or fax 086 233 2119. Also find and submit forms via artists. Deadline for registration is Friday, January 18.


Encore Theatre, 1217 Church St (between Dunan and Gordon sts), Hatfield, 012 430 2708/5:

Prinses vat Aksie. Princess Tiena has to outwit her opponents. Tomorrow at 10am. R50 adults, R40 children at the door or call 083 7811 445.

lComputicket: 083 915 8000 or or 082 553 5903/1.

• E-mail all your theatre-related information to [email protected], subject field Boardwalk, by noon on Thursday.