Joburg City Theatres announces its line-up for 2017, taking place across Joburg Theatre, Soweto Theatre and Roodepoort Theatres.
The diversity and high quality of our programming across all theatres will continue into the future, and lay down a solid foundation for the steady patronage. The aim is to ensure that theatre’s reputation grows as one that is committed to honour the past, inspire its present, and to contribute to a more sustainable future for the performing arts in South Africa.
“We pride ourselves in sourcing and producing world-class shows geared for all ages,” says Claire Pacariz, Executive Producer, Joburg City Theatres. “We’re excited to be hosting such an electrifying calendar and look forward to being the venue of choice for citizens seeking the very best entertainment.”
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JOBURG THEATRE highlights:
WEST SIDE STORY
The Mandela, January 24 to March 5
Perhaps the best musical ever written – West Side Story – explodes on stage from January 24. This Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production is brought to you by the award-winning creative team who brought you the runaway smash hits The Rocky Horror Show and the highly-acclaimed Cabaret.
West Side Story is a musical in which a modern-day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with a rival’s sister.
The Fringe, February 14 to February 18
Sex! Need we say more? Probably not, but here it goes anyway…
It’s a verb, it’s a noun, it’s an adjective, it’s an emotion, it’s a feeling… Whatever it is to you, it definitely means a lot. One of the most subjective experiences the world over, sex is quite simply, everywhere! Sex is fun, pleasurable, painful, it creates life, ends life, starts friendships, ends relationships, expresses love, articulates power, it runs businesses and everyone, yes everyone, thinks about it. Often!
Sex is here to stay, whether it is your battle to remain celibate or your insatiable desire for more and more, where people are there is always sex. And, where there is sex, there is usually Six Inches.
Six Inches is an exploratory comedy about three girls and their different sexual identities.
FESTIVAL OF FAME
The Mandela, March 7 to March 12
The Festival of Fame is presented by the National School of the Arts.
The Mandela, March 17
Kevin Fraser is all set to turn up the bass with his unique and overly sensitive, politically incorrect illustration of life as we know it! This DJ is mixing up all the gluten free drama you need to laugh along with the music and understand the top 10 reasons why you should not over-think the side effects of an avocado.
Life On The Hedge forms part of a 20 city comedy tour.
The Mandela, March 22, 24 and 25
Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer known for her distinctive husky voice. In the 1980s, Tyler ventured into rock music and released some of her biggest hits “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, “Holding Out for a Hero” and many others.
The Mandela, March 23 and 26
Giorgia Fumanti is an Italian soprano, composer, producer and arranger now based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her music is best compared to that of Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman and Enya. She has sold over 1.2 million copies of her albums so far.
Joburg audiences will be in for a treat watching her perform live on The Mandela stage.
THE FULL MORTY
The Fringe, March 28 to April 1
After sold-out performances around the country and a highly successful season in Joburg last August, Mortimer Williams returns to the stage in The Full Morty.
Join critically acclaimed theatre actor, TV actor, madly talented vocalist and professional k*k talker Mortimer Williams as he discovers the unchartered territory which fascinates us all… the mind of the South African male.
Stand-up comedy meets cabaret in this hilarious show as Morty takes us through stories and songs that demonstrate just what it is that makes the SA male tick… with a few surprises along the way!
JOBURG BALLET – LA TRAVIATA
The Mandela, March 31 to April 9
Joburg Ballet’s first production of 2017 will be the long-awaited return of celebrated choreographer Veronica Paeper’s La Traviata – The Ballet.
Veronica Paeper is SA’s leading choreographer working in the classical style, with an extensive repertoire of ballets for CAPAB Ballet and Cape Town City Ballet to her credit. Paeper is particularly admired for her full-length story ballets, among which La Traviata – The Ballet is one of her most popular works. Originally created in Cape Town in 1990, La Traviata – The Ballet is based on the 19th century story of the Lady of the Camellias. A deeply moving portrait of a woman who sacrifices all for the man she loves, the ballet is set to the unforgettable music of Verdi’s opera, La Traviata. The sweeping score has been arranged and adapted for the ballet by conductor Allan Stephenson.
The Mandela, April 13 to April 23
An uplifting celebration of the best of everyone’s Gospel favourites.
The Fringe, June 6 to June 25
The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company, in association with IFAS and the Alliance Française, present Molière’s “Tartuffe.”
Exploring the way in which people are easily manipulated by symbols of power and honeyed words, Tartuffe is one of Molière’s masterpieces, an uneasy comedy with a potent message at its core. Controversial when it was first performed in 1664, the play was closed down, censored and Molière questioned by the religious authorities of the time, who saw in it an audacious critique of hypocrisy within the church. Considering this, in a time when the artist, cartoonist or satirist’s freedom of expression was not guaranteed, Tartuffe is as relevant now as it was then. It is a play which, through the strength of its comedy and satire of society, also invites us to question and interrogate politicians and fundamentalist beliefs which are so often blindly followed. Tartuffe himself may at times seem to be your obvious, slippery religious hypocrite, but he is in fact a versatile parasite with a very long criminal record, and posing as a holy man is only one of the tactics he uses.
KAKADU – THE MUSICAL
The Mandela, June 7 to June 18
Following three years of successful performances in Nigeria and Davos, Switzerland, the spectacular award-winning “Kakadu”- The Musical will be coming to the Mandela stage, as part of the Africa Day Celebrations in June 2017.
Kakadu – The musical is based on several pivotal events that happened in Nigeria between 1965 and 1974, the watershed years immediately following independence from British colonial rule, leading to the Biafran War and the aftermath of that war. It is written and produced by one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria, Uche Nwokedi.
Kakadu – the Musical shares the story of a famous Lagos nightclub in the sixties as a backdrop for an era, which brought about wonderful music and the distinctive social life that followed the birthing of a young nation.
A unique “must-see, must experience” production.
A PASSAGE TO BOLLYWOOD
The Mandela, June 22 to July 2
A Passage to Bollywood is a vibrant stage musical with foot-tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat, covering various aspects of the Indian Bollywood culture. It comprises of old classics as well as the latest Bollywood songs. The audience can expect to experience drama, action, romance, and dance just like a typical Bollywood Film.
A popular pot boiler, this one-hour entertainment capsule of music and dance will cut across all genres and is guaranteed to engage and entertain all at once.
JANICE HONEYMAN’S PINNOCHIO
The Mandela, November 1 to December 30
This will be Janice Honeyman’s 30th pantomime!
The story tells of Geppetto’s son Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who is desperate to become a real boy. On his journey of discovery, he encounters a cat and a fox (who are definitely crooks), the Blue Fairy (who operates from a Wishing Star), Jiminy Cricket (who becomes Pinocchio’s conscience figure), as well as many other weird and wacky characters. It’s a cautionary tale of a child’s journey and a father’s unconditional love.
Veteran stage, television and film actor Tobie Cronjé returns to the panto, this time as the gentle woodcarver Geppetto. The popular theatre and television actor Andre Schwartz also returns to panto, as the mischievous fox.
THE COLOR PURPLE
The Mandela, January 31 to March 4 2018
The Color Purple is based upon the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the 1985 Warner Bros / Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture, directed by Steven Spielberg. The musical The Color Purple was originally produced on Broadway in 2005 by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones. The current Broadway revival, enjoying great success boosted by its major Tony Award wins earlier this year, is a ‘stripped-down’ and re-conceived staging.
The Color Purple is not just the story of a poor, pregnant 14-year-old with nobody to talk to but her sister and God, it is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who – through love – finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, it’s a story of hope: a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.
It will feature an all-South African cast.
For tickets call 0861 670 670 or visit www.joburgtheatre.com
For group bookings of 10 or more tickets, contact the Theatre’s ticketing office on 011 877 6917 / 6853.