What’s on at Joburg’s theatres?

The title of the play showing at the Main Market Theatre  is self explanatory : Kwela Bafana: A night in a 50’s Shebeen directed by Sibikwa Art Centre founders Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, is a musical runs at the Market Theatre until 24 June, with tickets ranging between R75 and R160.And a nice touch … if you were born in 1950s you only pay R50. Tickets from Computicket or the theatre on 011 832 1641.

Showing at the Laager Theatre until 17th June is one of South Africa’s classic play Woza Albert ! , a wonderful 2 man satire which asks what would happen if Jesus Christ (Morena) came back to South Africa during apartheid.

According to the Press release The Brothers Size which opens at the Barney Simon Theatre on 14th June (until 1 July) is a tender drama of what it means to brother and be brothered. … ‘Flights of poetry, music, dance and West African mythology combine in a contemporary tale that explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.’ Good Review from Tanya Farber in Sunday Independent Life of 3rd June.

Athol Fugard’s classic play Boesman and Lena shows  at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until 30th June. http://www.sandtoncentral.co.za/home/boesman-and-lena-at-the-old-mutual-theatre-on-the-square   Also showing at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until 11th June is the comedy Spice ‘n Stuff .

Of a very different order is the ‘breathtaking’  Le Grand Cirque ( a ‘jaw-dropping visual feast of dangerous Cirque acts’)  showing at the Joburg Theatre. For more see http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=30171

And I’ve already booked for one of my favourite musicals Cabaret at Pieter Toerien ‘s Teatro Monte Casino. It opens on 7th June and runs until 5th August.

Eduardo Cachucho’s Looking Glass at GoetheonMain  is a two part project composed of a performative work and an installation. It examines Joburg’s current urban space in relation to the historical events that led to its creation in the late 19th century. 7th June – 21st July.

I’m really looking forward to Red which is John Logan’s 2010 Tony Award winning play about the life of Mark Rothko. The production stars Michael Richard and Jeremy Richard  It only opens at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square on July (17th) and runs until the 11th August.  This production will come from the Main Grahamstown National Arts Festival and is directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King.


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