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


Lira. December 14 and 15 at 8.30pm. R180 to R350 at Computicket.


The Nutcracker by the Youth Dance Company of Tshwane, with guest artist Carlos Silva Santos. Thursday to Sunday. R80 to R140 at Computicket.


Pula (Blessed Rain) by Tshwane Dance Theatre, based on the conceptualisation by Esther Nasser and choreographed by Sbonakoliso Ndaba. Previews on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm. The opening will be November 27 at 8pm with performances on November 28 and 29 at 8pm and matinees on December 1 and 2 at 3pm. R50 at Computicket.

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

Old Friends. A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel with Marcato. Today at 8pm. R120, R150, R180.

Mathys Roets. Tomorrow at 8pm.

Oskar en die Pienk Tannie with Sandra Prinsloo. Thursday and Friday at 8pm. R120, R140.

A French Affair with Daniele Pascal. Sunday at 4pm. R100, R120.

Crazy Diamond. A tribute to Pink Floyd with Mel Botes and Band. November 27 at 8pm. R140, R180, R220.

Sultans of Spring. A tribute to Dire Straits with Mel Botes and Band. November 28 at 8pm. R120, R160, R200.

Laurika Rauch. November 29 to December 2. Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm.

Blue Diamond Boutique Hotel, 761 Rubenstein Drive, Moreleta Park, Pretoria, 012 940 5222:

BTE-VO1ss Festive Dinner Concert. December 5. 6.30pm for 7pm. Experience the voices of BTE VO1SS and a three-course dinner inclusive of table wines. Caroline Modiba, Caroline Nkwe, Phenye Modiane and Khotso Tsekeletsa will perform accompanied by Susan Steenkamp-Swanepoel. R350. Book with Christiaan Swanepoel: 012 940 5222.

Brooklyn Theatre, cnr 13th St and Thomas Edison St, Menlo Park, 012 460 6033 or Computicket.

Salon Music Christmas Concert 2012 – Alpen Weinacht, with Ilze Coetzee, Sandra Wolmarans, Javan Cloete, Dirk Venter. November 28, 30 and December 1 at 8pm, December 2 at 3pm.

Accordion classes by Sergio Zampolli at the theatre. Call Sergio: 083 302 3113.

Pierneef Theatre, cnr Pierneef and Mogg aves, Villieria: 012 329 0709:

Tickets at the door.

Kerslanke, with Carel Trichardt, Petru Wessels and Katrien Holm, with guest artists REsonans and Bronberg Kinderkoor. Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 10am and 7pm, Sunday at 3pm. R90, R80.

Ollie die Singende Nar – Vrolik en Bly. Concert with CD release, songs by Mynie Grove, Steve Hofmeyr and Carike Keuzenkamp and guest Tommy Oliver. Monday at 7pm.

Rock of Ages. The music of Queen, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd and Gloria Gaynor. November 27 at 7pm.

Dinner for One and Dinner for One Too, with Elize Cawood and Wilson Dunster, November 28 and November 30 at 7pm.

Loebie die Drakie. December 1 at 10am.

Die Dinges is ’n Watsem. Stories by Jan Spies with Deon Coetzee, Johan Engelbrecht and Karin Retief. December 1 at 7pm.


BTE VO1SS (The Black Tie Ensemble) has open auditions for all voice types on December 7 at the State Theatre, Pretoria, from 10am till 4pm. It will be for positions: 2013 BTE VO1SS artists, members of the BTE VO1SS academy and members of the BTE VO1SS opera chorus. Potential artists/trainee or chorus members must have matriculated, must prepare one aria or song and bring the sheet music with them in order for the provided accompanist to accompany on piano. Book audition slots with Madeleen Engelbrecht at 012 322 7944 or e-mail [email protected] before or on December 6.

BTE VO1SS vacancy for accompanist/repetiteur /coach to accompany singers on piano/ keyboard, be a repetiteur for opera products, coach singers in opera, operetta, musicals and light classical songs. The position entails working with young vocal students and in close relation with the artistic director and music manager. The position is full-time, fixed-term appointment, based at the State Theatre. Applicants must be legal to work in South Africa. Application deadline is December 6. Submit a covering letter and CV (with three contactable references) and book your audition slot for December 11 and 12 with Madeleen Engelbrecht; e-mail [email protected] or fax CV and covering letter to 012 320 8727.


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

The Mandela Theatre:

Jack and the Beanstalk. A pantomime by Janice Honeyman, with Tobie Cronjé, Desmond Dube, Bongi Mthombeni, Carly Graeme and Louise Saint-Claire. 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.

Fringe (Tesson) Theatre, Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, 011 877 6854:

Imitation of Life, directed by Swiss born Boris Nikitin with Malte Scholtz and Beatrice Fleischlin, in German with English subtitles. Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 4pm. Book as above.

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

Surf’s Up. Ends December 31. At 8pm Tuesdays to Saturday, doors open 6.30pm. At 2pm on Sundays, doors open noon. R80 to R145. Book as above.

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

Rocking in a Free World until December 31. At 8pm Tuesdays to Saturday, doors open 6.30pm. At 2pm Sundays, doors open noon. R120 to R150. Book as above.

Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia Crossing 2, cnr Witkoppen and Rivonia rds (enter Achter Rd), 011 234 2033:

Bit Top Rock. Ends December 31.Tuesdays to Saturdays R125, Sunday R95. Book as above.

Boksburg Boma Theatre & Buffet Restaurant, North Rand Rd, 011 918 4888:

Simply the Best 80s Show. Ends December 15. R100 show only, R200 show and full buffet. Book as above.

Le Canard Restaurant, 163 Rivonia Rd, Morningside, Sandton, 011 884 4597:

Marilyn Monroe Anniversary Soiree. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe with a soiree with Angela Kilian and a five-course retro Hollywood themed menu and select wines. R420 all inc. December 5 and 6 at 7pm. Book as above.

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

Pieter Toerien’s Theatre:

Potted Potter, The Unauthorised Harry Experience. A parody by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, starring Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor. A comedy suitable for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). Friday to January 6. R100 to R250 at Computicket or the theatre.

Studio Theatre:

Noel and Gertie. A musical review based on the words and music of Noël Coward, directed by Alan Swerdlow, starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Taryn Sudding. Ends January 6. R150 at the box office or Computicket.


Dirty Dancing. The classic story on stage with Gareth Bailey, Luigi Vigliotti and Bryony Whitfield. Ends January 13. R100 to R400 at Computicket.

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

The Market Theatre will be running readings at the Main Theatre on the last Thursday of every month. For information or to apply for a slot, e-mail Craig Higginson at [email protected]

Market Theatre has joined forces with Metro FM for live performances combining some of South Africa’s music and comedy icons. R75 to R200 at Computicket.

Comedy Corner Line-Up:

Today and tomorrow at 8pm: Siv Ngesi and Eugene Khoza.

November 27 and 28 at 8pm: Tumi Morake and Trevor Gumbi.

Music Corner:

November 22 at 8pm: Zahara.

Friday at 8pm: Koldproduk and HHP.

Saturday at 8pm: Oliver Mtukudzi.

Sunday at 3pm: Rebecca Malope.

November 29 at 8pm: Lira.

November 30 at 8pm: Ringo Mandlingozi.

December 1 at 8pm: Trompies and Thebe.

December 2 at 3pm: Pastor Solly Mahlangu.

Festival of Classical Music Corner Line-Up:

December 4 at 8pm – Inferno Opera.

December 5 at 8pm: Soweto Opera Quadro.

December 6 at 8pm: Opera Africa.

December 9 at 3pm: Soweto Opera Quadro.

Ramolao Makhene Theatre (ex-Market Theatre Lab), The Bus Factory, President St, Newtown, 011 832 1641:

Workshop by Boris Nikitin, Swiss director, on two of his thought-provoking works – Imitation of Life and Woyzeck. Tomorrow and Thursday, 10am to 2pm.

Woyzeck, directed by Nikitin with Mark Scholz. November 27, 7pm.

Laager Theatre:

Stories from the Mouths of Babes. Three Jewish women tell stories about their lives, their parents and grandparents and sing traditional and original songs. Starring Naami Gottlieb Lieberman, Sivan Raphael and Sharon Spiegel-Wagner. Ends December 2. 8.15pm and Sundays at 3.15pm. Tuesday R75 at Computicket.

National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown, 011 484 1584/5:

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

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

Odeon Showbar;

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

Mardi Gras Theatre:

My Vrou Se Man Se Vrou, by Lefra Productions with Tobie Cronjé, Hannes Muller, Heidi Molentze, Lelia Etsebeth, Duncan Johnson, Hannes Brummer and Wynand van Vollenstee. December 4 to 9. R90 to R160 at Computicket.

Rio Rooms: Sphiwe Motha 083 856 3077:

Afro-Beatz: R130 (entry and meal). 3pm, Sundays November 25 and December 16.

Jazz Monate, December 8. Afro-soul and R&B, last Sunday of every month. 3pm. R130 (entry and meal) with dessert. Tickets at the entrance to the bar.

Show Bar, Carnival City:

What Happens in Vegas Happens at Carnival City. A tribute to Las Vegas extravaganzas. At 8pm every Friday and Saturday until January 26. R50 at the door.

Carnival Comedy Session with John Vlismas and friends. Wednesdays until December 19. 8pm. R85 at the door.

Dance Factory, 10 Henry Nxumalo St, Newtown, 011 492 1467/77:

Transformations, choreographed by Sylvia Glasser. Gala performance November 29 at 7.30pm. Runs November 30 to December 1 at 7.30pm.

Radebe, Tshabalala, Nhlapo & Kweyana. December 2 at 2pm.

Gingko, cnr Roscommon and Dundalk aves, Parkview, 011 486 3361 or [email protected]:

A French Affair with Daniele Pascal. Tomorrow at 6.30pm. R250. Book as above.

Gold Reef City Casino, cnr Northern Park Way and Data Crescent, Ormonde, 011 248 5000:

Globe Theatre:

Homegrown. A tribute to SA’s greatest musicians and singers. Ends December 1. R80 at Computicket or the box office.

Pop Quiz. An interactive music game show with live musicians and singers. December 6 to 29. R80 at Computicket or the box office.

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

Theatre of Marcellus:

The Hurly Burly Show. A burlesque musical spectacular, directed by William Baker. Ends December. R365 to R466 at Computicket. (Over 18s only.)

[email protected] Palace: 011 928 1273:

“V” Variety Show, An unforgettable journey that includes acrobatic artists, aerial performers and rhythmical drumming. Wednesdays and Thursdays R120, Fridays and Saturday R140.

Emperors Palace Garden of Lights

500km of lighting showcasing 200 character light displays. December 2 to January 2. Gates open 7pm. Free. Donations are welcome at the gate and funds will be donated to a local charity.

Foxwood Theatre, 13 Fifth St, Houghton, (on Rosebank side of the M1), 011 486 0935:

Des & Dawn Lindberg’s Soiree, followed by “proper” afternoon tea at 3pm every last Sunday of the month where they host various artists. R75 for show and R75 for tea. Book as above.

Comedy Cartel for intelligent and riotously funny shows presented by the Joburg Comedy Cartel each first Friday of the month. Doors open 8pm. Book at the theatre.

Daar was ‘n Tyd with Jan Groenewald. 8pm. R110 and R50 pensioners.

An Evening with Michael de Pinna. December 1 at 7.30pm. R420 for a three-course dinner and the show. Thereafter Sunday, December 2 at noon, Saturday, December 8 at 8pm, December 9 at noon, December 15 at 8pm, December 16 at noon. R130.

Unicorns, Spiders and Dragon’s Tales with Des and Dawn Lindberg. December 12 to 15 at 11am. R80.

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 December 22.

Sunday Afternoon Jazz Concert on December 9. 4pm. Jazz standards and jazz rendition of songs for the festive season, with Andrew Massey, Andre Behnke, Cesare Cassarino, Anthony Yoko, Justin Holcroft and Michael Bester. One performance only. All seats R150.

Classical music lunch-hour concerts on Fridays. 12.45 for 1pm. R30, includes coffee and biscuits. Box office from 12.30pm. Enquiries: 011 883 8606.

Friday – The Goldberg Quartet with Malcolm Nay, Zanta Hofmeyr, Wessel Beukes, Morkel Combrink and Daline Wilson.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba 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.

Silverstar Casino, R28, Mogale City, 011 662 7300: bookings at Computicket.

Leather, Lace and Luxury Rides Show. From sizzling-hot Ducatis to sensual designer lingerie. Saturday, with music by Nicholis Louw, the Graeme Watkins Project, Blackbyrd, Louw van den Heever, Tora Ryu and DJs Mark Stent and Vin Deysel. 11am till 2am. R200.

Victory Theatre, 105 Louis Botha Ave, Houghton Estate, 011 728 9603:

Umoja. 8pm. R95 to R300 at Computicket.

Origins Centre, West Campus, Wits University, Braamfontein: 011 717 4700:

Prehistory: the investigation (research and science). Visitors will get a sense of archaeological tools to act as investigators into events surrounding prehistoric skeletons found in France. Ends November 30. More info at

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

BTE VO1SS (Black Tie Ensemble) Christmas Concert. Celebrate Christmas with melodies and joyful carols. November 30 at 8pm. Concert is in support of the Reach for a Dream Foundation. Guests are required to bring a wrapped toy (value R50 to R100) which will be donated to charity. Please indicate if your gift is for a girl or boy. Call Madeleen at 012 322 7944 or 084 209 3161.

Sibikwa Art Centre, 13 Liverpool Park, cnr 2 Liverpool St and Bolton Rd, Benoni South: 011 422 4359:

Into the Unknown. A dance performance of Unnatural Presence#4, choreographed by Freddie Zwane, and Internal Findings – Kwentaba by Juhl Headman. Saturday at 4.30pm. Admission R20.

For next year’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of Dance Umbrella, Dance Forum invites choreographers to submit proposals for residencies of at least one month’s duration at the Dance Space, Newtown, between February and July. The forum aims to host a series of at least four residency programmes at the Dance Space that will include: the creation of a new work by the resident choreographer; the resident choreographer will have to give at least two masterclasses during the period of residency; the choreographer will have to agree to premiere the work created at the Dance Umbrella 2013 as part of the outcome of the process; the work may not exceed 40 minutes. Applications are open until Thursday. For info call Lindi at 011 492 2033 or Georgina at 011 492 0709. Call 011 492 0709/2033, e-mail [email protected] or visit

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 WitsMusic’s calendar next year, fill in the “concert info sheet” at witstheatre, click on “Perform at WitsMusic 2013”, e-mail form to catherine.pisanti to put yourself in the running for selection. A committee will meet next month to assess the applications and you will be notified in December about the success of your application.

EC/NAT festival – fringe applications open for 2013 NAF.

Applications for next year’s fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, are now open. Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe: e-mail [email protected] or 046 603 1103 or fax 086 233 2119. Forms are also available and can be submitted via www.national deadline for registration is Friday, January 18.

A leading South African contemporary dance company under the directorship of award-winning artist PJ Sabbagha will be auditioning for one female full-time professional contemporary dancer for next year.The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative is looking to employ one female professional with at least five years’ professional work experience in the dance industry or equivalent tertiary level training in contemporary dance. At Rehearsal room B Con Cowan building, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road campus, from 10am to 5pm on December 1. E-mail your CV to [email protected] and confirm with Keith Markland at 082 823 7249. You will have to complete a full technique class, learn repertoire, participate in an improvisation workshop, perform a three-minute solo you have prepared, complete an interview. Bring a full CV. The company is also looking to audition for seven full-time salaried intern- ship positions for the 2013 year. Artists with at least three years’ tertiary level training in contemporary dance-related subjects or equivalent work experience may apply. The auditions will be in the Rehearsal Room, B Con Cowan building, University of Johannesburg Bunting Road campus, from 10am to 5pm on December 10.You will need to complete a full technique class, learn repertoire, participate in an improv workshop, perform a one-minute solo, complete an interview and bring a full CV. Contact Athena Mazarakis at [email protected]

• Computicket: 083 915 8000 or, or 082 553 5903/1.

• To be included in Boardwalk, e-mail details to [email protected] by noon on Thursday, subject Boardwalk.