South African State Theatre, 320 Pretorius St, Pretoria, 012 392 4000:

Reik Na Die Sterre – Die Musical, starring Willem Botha, Kristen Raath, Sarah Theron and Neels Clasen. Ends August 3. R250 at Computicket.


Kweku Ananse – The Spider. Children’s theatre. Stories of the spider and the stories he tells. Until Friday at noon.


Protest, a drama about service delivery by award-winning writer and director Paul Mpumelelo, starring Desmond Dube, Lindo Khoza, Bongani Masango and others, until August 10, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. R40 Tuesdays, R80 Wednesday to Sunday.


Mating Birds by Lewis Nkosi, featuring Sputla Sebogodi and Martin Le Maitre. Thursday to August 17, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tuesdays R40, Wednesdays to Sundays R80.

Atterbury Theatre, cnr Daventry and Lynnwood rds, Lynnwood Bridge Centre, 012 471 1700 or 082 841 0783, book at Computicket or the door:

Blues Broers album launch. Today. 8pm. R150.

Radio Kalahari Orkes. Tomorrow. 8pm. R140,R160.

Winterkos in Provence, with Marita van der Vyver and Elzabé Zietsman. 10am. Thursday. R80.

Republic of Zoid Africa, Karen Zoid. 8pm. Thursday.

Kaalvoet (Bare Feet), with Stef Bos. Friday. R140, R160.

Pumpkin Patch – The Musical. 11am. Saturday. R80.

Wine Club (6). 7pm. Monday. R130.

Barnyard Theatre, Parkview Shopping Centre, cnr Garsfontein Rd and Netcare St, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, 012 368 1555:

Battle of the Sexes. Ends August 31. From R100.

Brooklyn Theatre, cnr 13th and Thomas Edison sts, Menlo Park, 012 460 6033, 012 346 3474 or iSalon in Brooklyn.

Argentina’s tango virtuoso, Rodolfo Mederos, and his trio with the New Skool Orchestra from Pretoria. Saturday. The music will be a fusion of Argentine tango and African orchestral arrangements. Free, but tickets should be reserved.

Lucia Di Lammermoor, by Donizetti, directed by Greg Melville Smith, featuring Ilze Coetzee, Arthur Swan and Douwe Bijkersma. Sunday to August 3.

Unisa Dr Miriam Makeba Theatre, Unisa Main Campus:

Smooth Concert with Karen Devroop, featuring the music of Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Anita Baker. August 1 at 7.30pm.

ZK Matthews Hall, Unisa, Muckleneuk:

The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra. Seven- piece band will perform Friday at 7.30pm, led by Marcus Wyatt, and featuring Andile Yenana, Siya Makuzeni, Mthunzi Mvubu, Janus van der Merwe, Thembinkosi Mavimbela and Ayanda Sikade. R95, R75 students and pensioners at the door.

Morayks’ album launch. Traditional Afro-jazz artist launches his debut album, Lesotho. He will be joined by Vusi Mahlasela. 1.30pm for 3pm, Sunday, Sunday. R150, R250 VIP at Computicket.

Pinchas Zukerman, the award-winning violinist, with his wife, South African-Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng. Sunday, August 31. 4pm. R350 pensioners to R450 at Computicket.

Laughing Chefs, 217 Soutpansberg Rd, Rietondale, Pretoria Moot, Esrida at 072 511 4946 or Maggie at 082 823 7846:

Thursday – jazz evening with Four on Six band (free entrance).

Friday – Vree & Lust wine tasting with Red Rhapsody Jazz band.

Saturday – African Celebrations.

July 31 – jazz evening with Joshua Na Die Reen and Lizandra von Hagen (free entrance).

Pierneef Theatre, cnr Pierneef and Mogg aves, Villieria: 012 329 0709, tickets at the door:

Liane Heyl Drama School. Friday at 7pm.

Daar was ‘n tyd, with Jan Groenewald. Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. R120/R100.

Pretoria Eistedfodd Opening concert – Jonathan Crosley (guitar) and Marc Duby (bass) with opener Ryan Kirsten, Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm, R80/R60.

Sun City Theatre, 014 557 1144:

B’dazzled. Mondays to Wednesdays at 8pm. Ends September 27. R130 at Computicket.

Heavenly Bodies. 10pm. Thursdays to Saturdays. Ends September 27. R150 at Computicket.

University of Pretoria, Lynnwood Rd, Pretoria, 012 420 3644:

Krekvars Student Arts Festival. Ends Saturday with more than 50 events, productions, lectures, short films and workshops, at five different venues. Follow Krekvars on Facebook or visit for info.


Amuse Café, 34 5th St, Linden, Johannesburg:

Absinthe and To Hire a Nurse play one night only. Featuring Cito and Paul FE Flynn. Friday at 7pm. R50 at the door.

Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Fifth St, Sandton, 011 883 8606, book at 083 377 4969 or

Cooking with Elisa, with Patricia Boyer and Lurdes Laice. Tomorrow till August 2.

I Have Life – Alison’s Journey. Play by Maralin Vanrenen based on book by Marianne Thamm. August 6 to 30, Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm. For young adults from age 16. R60 a pupil in a school group, normal price R140, R100.

Jittery Citizens, Improvised comedy with female comic actors and Tony Bentel on piano, August 10 at 3pm.

Baroque to Broadway explores facets of womanhood and love through music, with Anneke Lamont, Merryl Monard, Marina Botha and Tinus Spies. August 10 at 7pm.

Classical music on Fridays. 12.45pm for 1pm. R40 is requested, which includes coffee and biscuits. Go to the box office from 12.30pm. Enquiries: 011 883 8606.

August 1: Last Tango in Africa with Jacobus Swart and special guest.


Joburg Theatre Complex, cnr Loveday and Hoofd sts, Braamfontein: 011 877 6854: book at 0861 670 670:

The Write Journey. A workshop for screenwriters and storytellers at the Joburg Theatre. Saturday. 9am to 6pm. Presented by Daniel Dercksen. Takes place in the Brickhill Room and includes a seat to a performance of The Beauty of Incomplete Things at the Fringe on Sunday at 3pm, as well as a Q&A with the cast afterwards. To register and for info visit or send an e-mail to [email protected]

The Mandela Theatre:

Monty Python’s Spamalot, starring Norman Anstey, Michelle Botha, Bongi Mthombeni and Adrian Poulson. Ends August 10.

People’s Theatre: 011 403 1563/2340:

My Son Pinocchio Jr. Ends August 10.

Fringe Theatre, Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, 011 877 6854:

The Beauty of Incomplete Things, inspired by actual events. Ends August 1 at 8pm, with performances at 3pm on Sunday.

Barnyard Theatre, Cresta Shopping Centre, Beyers Naudé Drive, Randburg: 011 478 5300:

99 Hits, 99 hit songs in one show. Ends August 31. From R100.

Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia Crossing 2, cnr Witkoppen and Rivonia rds, Sunninghill: 011 234 2033:

Forever Young celebrates the late great musical icons. Thursday to August 21. From R100.

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

Tomorrow features Lucas Senyatso.

Friday features The Best of Kirk Whalum, with John Stoddard, at 6.30pm.

Saturday features the Best of Kirk Whalum with John Stoddart, at 8.30pm.

African Storm Sound System Ragga Nights every Thursday with The Admiral, Jah Seed and Bobotical. R100 at the door, doors open 9pm.

Carnival City Casino, cnr Century and Elsburg rds, Brakpan, Brakpan, 011 898 7575/7000:

Big Top Arena:

Krone, featuring South Africa’s biggest-selling artists: Kurt Darren, Ray Dylan, Snotkop, Nicholis Louw and Heinz Winckler and others, Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm. R100 to R450 at Computicket.

Spirit of Praise Volume 5 live recording. A collaboration of gospel singers including Benjamin Dube, Zaza Mokheti, Tshepiso Mpotle, Omega Khunou and Papane as well as Sello Melete and The Dube Brothers. August 2 at 7.30pm. R150 to R300 at Computicket.

Circa Gallery, cnr Jellicoe and Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, entrance cnr Keys and Jellicoe aves, SMS 083 555 7952, booking will be confirmed:

The Lost I and II. The string quartet of The Paz Consort perform two distinct concerts of new compositions by five young South Africans, inspired by photographs of Joburgers who survived the Holocaust or members of their family who did not. The Lost I: Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm; The Lost II: Tuesday, August 12 at 7pm. R125 a concert. Book as above.

Constitution Hill, The Old Fort, 1 Kotze St, Braamfontein, 011 381 3100:

Launch of Sabelo Soko’s EP, poet, actor and writer. In the Women’s Jail. Saturday. 1pm to 6pm. Accompanied by poets Vangi Gpontsho, Siza Nkosi, Mmakgari Dabutha and musician Velaphi. Open to the public.

Deepkloof Square, Joburg:

Argentinian Cultural Week – Two world-class dance companies, CAD and FATC, will perform to live music at 3.30pm on Saturday.

Emperor’s Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, 011 928 1297/1213:

Barnyard Theatre at Emperors Palace, bookings at 011 928 1108, online at or at the box office at the entrance.

Time Warp, where rock stars, Hollywood and Broadway collide. July 31 to August 31. R100 to R160.

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

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Directed by Bobby Heaney, starring Michael Richard, Bo Petersen, Louise Saint-Claire and Richard Gau. Ends August 10. R100 to R170 at Computicket.

Studio Theatre: 011 511 1818:

Wild. A comedy with Robert Fridjhon, directed by Alan Committie. Ends August 3. R150 at Computicket.

Madame Zingara’s: 0861 623 263:

After Forever Tour. The dinner-cirque with local and international acts is back with a host of captivating acts. R440 to R495 as above.

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

The John Kani Theatre:

The Jittery Citizens – The Armando Diaz Experience. Jozi’s hottest improv. Last Thursday of the month. R100.

Joe Barber VI – Life. Celebrates 15 years with comedy legends David Isaacs and Oscar Peterson. Friday to August 24. R83 to R160, Tuesdays to Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm, age restriction PG13.

Barney Simon Theatre,

The Shadow of the Hummingbird, written, starring and directed by Athol Fugard, also starring Mariviantoz Baker. July 30 to August 16, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8.15pm, Sundays at 3.15pm, R83 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

National Children’s Theatre, Wynnstay House, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, bookings 011 484 1584/5. Info: [email protected] See www.national za.

Blue Room: New drama class for age group five to seven, providing a creative, nurturing and exhilarating environment. Every Saturday during the government school term.10am to 11am. R600 a term. Call Claudy or Cindy as above.

Foxwood Theatre, 13 Fifth St, Houghton, 011 486 0935: Mamma Mia! The Dinner. Marking the 40th anniversary of Abba, with Carly Graeme, Bruce J Little and co-host Chet Diepraam. Enjoy a four-course spread. Seating will be banquet style and dress-up is encouraged. Sunday at 12.30pm. R370, includes meal, show and arrival drink.

Gold Reef City, cnr Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde, 011 248 6800:

The Lyric; 011 248 5000.

The Peru and Bala Show. Fans say farewell to comedians Vikash Mathura and Ray Maharaj. Saturday at 4.30pm and 8pm. R160 at Computicket or the box office.

The Bosso Showdown. A showcase of South African talent to further the development of up-and-coming artists with supporting acts. Friday, August 1. R100 at Computicket or the box office.

My Favourite Swings. ChianoSky, Timothy Moloi starring the Johannesburg Big Band, Saturday, August 2 at 8pm. Tickets R130 to R180 at Computicket

Nelson Mandela Square, Joburg:

Argentinian Cultural Week – Two world-class dance companies, CAD and FATC, will be giving a performance to live music at noon, Saturday July 26.

Oak Leaf Restaurant, Sandton, 011 884 5837/ [email protected] Old Johannesburg Stock Exchange:

Christmas in July with Gauteng Opera, Friday. With soloists of Gauteng Opera and a three-course meal. Patrons are requested to bring a blanket to be donated to a charity; the restaurant donates profits from the concert to Gauteng Opera for further development of their artists. Performers are Forté-Khumbuzile Dhlamini, Annemarie Steenkamp, Phenye Modiane, Kagiso Boroko and Edward Phiri. R350pp includes a meal. Book with Gary du Toit as above or Gauteng Opera at 012 322 7944.

Rhema Ministries, cnr Rabie and Hans Schoeman sts, Randpark Ridge, 011 796 4000:

Gospel According to Jazz, featuring Kurt Whalum and John Stoddart. Tomorrow and Thursday at 7.30pm.

Shikisha, Miriam Makeba St, next to SAB World of Beer, Newtown, 011 492 1626:

Home Brew Comedy Nights every Thursday. R40 at the door. 8pm to 11pm.

Silverstar Casino, 011 662 7300: bookings at silverstar.reservations

Watershed. Award-winning band. August 1 at 7.30pm, show starts 8pm. R150 at Computicket.

Soweto Theatre, cnr Bolani and Bolani Link rds, Jabulani, Soweto, 011 930 7461/2/3, book at Computicket:

Are You Dik? Adult comedy about monogamy, sex love, lust and everything in between, new talks on the 19th-century classic La Ronde. With actors Coco Merckel and Esmeralda Bibi and director Robert Colman. Ends August 3. R80.

Argentina’s tango virtuoso, Rodolfo Mederos, and his trio with the New Skool Orchestra from Pretoria. Friday. The music will be a fusion of Argentine tango and contemporary African orchestral arrangements. Free, but tickets should be reserved in advance.

Yellow Theatre, Soweto Theatre, c/o Bolani and Bolani Link Rd, Jabulani, Soweto, 011 930 7451/2/3, bookings at Computicket.

The Boy Who Walked into the World, by Robin Malan, directed by Motlatji Ditopi, featuring UJ Soweto Campus students. Tomorrow to Saturday.t 7.30pm. R80, R40 pensioners and students at Pick n Pay shops in Soweto.

University of Johannesburg Theatre, Kingsway Campus, Johannesburg,

Emotional Creature, written by Eve Ensler, starring Karabo Tshikube, Lara Lipschitz, Barileng Malibye and others. Ends July 30. R75, R25 for students.

Wits Theatre, cnr Jorrissen and Station sts, Braamfontein, 011 717 1376:

969 Festival. Enquiries: [email protected] Book at

The Three Little Pigs. Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 3.30pm.

Ndihambile featuring Avanda Ndlovu, Thuso Lobeko, Thapelo Kotlolo, choreographed by Yuhl Headman and Sbonakaliso Ndaba. Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 2pm.

A Girl Called Owl, written and directed by Jon Keevy, featuring Briony Horwitz. Saturday at 12.30pm.

Jitsenic. Jitsvinger, a Cape Town rapper and social activist, teams up with hip hop producer Arsenic. Sunday at 6.15pm.

Wits Great Hall: East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Yale Rd, Parktown, 011 717 1376 or Catherine.pisanti

969 Festival. Book at www.webtickets.

Kyle Shepherd Trio with Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper (bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums). Saturday at 8.30pm.

Wits Downstairs Theatre, cnr Jorrissen and Station sts, Braamfontein, 011 717 1372:

969 Festival. Enquiries: [email protected] Book at

Hamlet, directed by Jenine Collocott, featuring James Cairns, Jaques De Silva and Taryn Bennett. Tomorrow at 6.30pm, Thursday at 6.30pm.

The God Complex, featuring Daniel Buckland directed by Sylvaine Strike.

Narrative Dreams, written by Lereko Mfono and directed by Omphile Molusi. Sunday at 2pm.

Wits Amphitheatre, 011 717 1376:

969 Festival. Enquiries: [email protected] Book at

Amateur Hour, directed by John Trengove, featuring Jemma Kahn and Glen Biderman-Pam. Tomorrow at 8.15pm, Thursday at 8.30pm, Saturday at 4pm.

Colours of the Rainbow, written and performed by Lelanie Janse and Briony Horwitz, adapted from the Princess and the Frog. Saturday at 10.30am.

The Nunnery, Station St, East Campus, Braamfontein, 011 717 1372:

969 Festival. Enquiries: [email protected] Book at

Ira, directed by Daniel Geddes and Mark Tatham, starring Linda Mdena, Oupa Sibeko, Geddes and Tatham. Tomorrow and Thursday at 7.15pm.

Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg:

Youth Orchestra Festival, hosted by Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC). Four youth orchestras from Joburg, Pretoria and Potchefstroom will perform, with a massed piece conducted by Dr Richard Cock. R50 available from 011 484 1257 or at the door. Sunday at 2.30pm.

Call for Proposals:

The Goethe-Institut is calling for project ideas for exhibitions, workshops, events and performances. The way project selection takes place is central in understanding the philosophy of GoetheonMain. The programme is decided by an independent committee of arts professionals, who meet after the yearly public call for proposals. The focus above all else is on artistic quality, whilst maintaining a sensitivity for the context and local relevance, and favouring an experimental approach. It also implies a certain conceptual frame – that of the city, or a sense of “urbanity”: a focus on the human relation as much as built environment. This year’s application deadline is Thursday, August 15 for the realisation period January to December next year. For more info and to download the application form, visit


iStart2 Challenge. Open to all South Africans aged 16 – 35. Artists are invited to explore one of the seven sustainability concepts, to express their ideas about them and to explore original ways of promoting awareness about them. The key sustainability concepts are: water, waste, energy, health and safety, people with disabilities, the elderly and indigenous people. Entries in seven categories of art: music, creative writing, dance, fine arts, applied arts and design, acting and multimedia will be accepted. Entries close on July 31, entry forms available at

• Computicket: 083 915 8000.

• Strictlytickets: 082 553 5901/3.

• To be featured in Boardwalk, e-mail all info to [email protected], by Thursday. Please put “boardwalk” in the subject line.