Book early to avoid disappointment: local musicals and theatres showing in Joburg during the World Cup


SHOWING AT JOBURG THEATRE  Boys in the Photograph 
A passionate musical dealing with the power of soccer to heal rifts and bring a fractured community together. Set in Belfast, Ireland, the game of soccer is recreated on stage with some of the most originally exciting choreography to be seen in musical theatre. Full of the heart searing ballads and stirring anthems of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and the extraordinary wit and compassion of author Ben Elton. Showing from 18 May to 11 July
Johnny Clegg is performing on 26th and 27th June at the JOBURG THEATRE . By combining African music structures with Celtic folk music and international rock sounds, Johnny along with bands Juluka and Savuka pioneered a new and unique sound, establishing himself as South Africa`s biggest musical export. From Europe to the States, from Australia to Potchefstroom, audiences in sold out venues have danced to Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World, Crocodile Love, I Call Your Name, Take My Heart Away, and African Sky Blue.
Since opening at the world famous Casino de Paris on 9 March 1990, the African Footprint cast has travelled some 9000 kilometres wowing audiences in 12 different cities who nightly jumped to their feet shouting for more.    This proudly “Made in South Africa” production continues to celebrate the vibrancy and cultural diversity that South Africa will be offering the many international guests who will soon be visiting from all soccer loving nations around the world.  This dazzling musical fuses the hypnotic heartbeat of the African drum, the cheerful pennywhistle and the inspiring words of Don Mattera with Kwela-jive, traditional gumboot, tap, contemporary ballet and hip-hop pantsula into an “explosive stampede of song and dance.
The show runs from 27 May – 20 June 2010. Tickets can be booked through the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297 or through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or  and are expected to sell fast.   Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h30 and Sundays at 15h00.   Ticket prices range from R185 – R340. There are various dinner/show packages also available; contact the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297 for further information
SHOWING AT MARKET THEATRE Biko: Where the Soul Resides  19 May – 13 June; Martin Koboekae’s play  explores Steve Biko’s life from 1968 when he led the black student break-away from the white-controlled National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) to form an all-black South African Student Organisation (SASO). The play ends with his death in September 1977 in a police cell. The play captures some important snippets from Biko’s political and social activism without ignoring his life as an ordinary man who had various relationships and who partied with friends and often had severe altercations with colleagues. The play is profoundly relevant as it explores the life of one of the most selfless sons of Africa who gave his life for freedom.  For special offers on shows, book directly with The Market: Tiny Macevele    Tel: (011) 832 1641 ext 135 Cell: 082 564 3452 Anthony Ezeoke Tel: (011) 832 1641 ext 121 Cell: 083 246 4950 Tuesdays – Saturdays @ 20h15  Sundays @ 15h15 Ticket prices: Tues – R60, Wed & Thurs – R80, Fri & Sat – R130, Sun – R90

Third World Bunfight’s  House of the Holy Afro  11 June – 11 July  MARKET THEATRE – maintheatre  House of the Holy Afro is a slick, glamorous package of Afro-kitsch to electrify your eyes, ears and bodies on the dance floor! House of the Holy Afro consists of seven singer-dancers together with celebrated DJ Dino Moran’s driving housebeats and over-the-top club poetry of Odidi Mfenyana. The production weaves these melodies together with driving house beats and electrifying African choreography and design, taking you on an unforgettable trip through the rhythms of 21st century Africa.    

AT THE VICTORY IN ORANGE GROVE Umoja   From April through to December;  Traveling to the beat of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all corners of the world`s best & biggest stages, Umoja tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music from the earliest rhythms to Kwaito. For more information visit

AT OLD MUTUAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE  Nelson Mandela Square Sandton.  Back from Broadway and its huge international success DRUMSTRUCK by WARREN LIEBERMAN’S Drum Café, will burst onto the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square stage again for the World Cup season! This interactive and spectacular musical will have bums on seats with drums on seats – for an evening of sheer entertainment for all. Book through

THE STATE OPERA  Shaka Zulu: the Musical from 26th June – 18th July The celebrated story of the legendary Zulu King, Shaka, now on stage for the first time in musical form. This spectacular production features sizzling choreography, an originally created musical score and the cream of South Africa`s performance and production design talent. Book through

AND OF COURSE LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST   The FIFA Kick-off Celebration Concert at the Orlando Stadium on 10th June 4 pm.  Football and Music Unite for this FIFA World Cup Kick Off Concert featuring a number of top International and Local artists in a music and theatrical extravaganza that ‘will leave South African audiences breathless.’  Much as I do not like FIFA and the way it operates, the line up of stars should make it a great concert.   Book through


Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *