Market Theatre joins in on News Café’s birthday


The Market Theatre will present a performance of Sophiatown on Saturday, 1 April at 11:00 and that’s not an April Fool joke.

Sophiatown returns to The Market Theatre from 31 March. Book your tickets now on 0118321641!
Sophiatown returns to The Market Theatre from 31 March. Book your tickets now on 0118321641!

The News Café at Newtown Junction will be celebrating their 2nd birthday and the Market Theatre in a good neighbourly spirit will be joining in on the fun to give visitors to the Newtown Junction a whopping birthday gift.

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The special performance of Sophiatown on Saturday 1 April at 11:00 will let visitors to Newtown Junction to go down on a trip to memory lane to Sophiatown, a place and time where communities celebrated each other’s birthdays together. There will be no afternoon or evening performances at the Market Theatre on the day.

“We want our patrons to get the best of the Market Theatre and the best of what our business neighbours can offer to make Newtown a vibrant destination. The Market Theatre wishes the News Café all the best for their 2nd birthday and we will cancel our evening performances so that patrons can party the night away at News Café. We will also throw in a special birthday discount for our morning show,” said Zama Buthelezi, the Market Theatre’s Branding & Communications Manager.

Newtown Junction
Newtown Junction

All the tickets for the 11:00 show will be sold at a hugely discounted price of R70. Sophiatown is a spectacular and historical piece of theatre. It tells the story of a Jewish girl who comes to stay in the tiny home of shebeen queen Mamariti in this vibrant suburb. The eight characters bring their dreams and hopes alive through song and comedy, and the play is rich with the original sounds of the place once dubbed the Chicago of South Africa. Sophiatown will evoke nostalgic memories about a time and place of mythical proportions.

“By offering visitors a discounted birthday gift for News Café’s birthday we emphasise the value of community in Newtown. It’s just one more way of making Newtown Junction a good shopping experience, a fun destination and a safe place where visitors to the Market Theatre can park their cars securely during their visits to the Theatre,” she added.

For block bookings for shows at the Market Theatre call Anthony Ezeoke on 011 832 1641 ext 201 or 083 246 4950. Alternatively, call the Market Theatre box office at 011 832 1641. Online bookings can be made through WebTickets ( or on the Market Theatre’s website (

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