Record-breaking ticket sales for 2017 panto

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Janice Honeyman’s 30th annual festive season pantomime production, 2017’s Pinocchio.
Janice Honeyman’s 30th annual festive season pantomime production, 2017’s Pinocchio.

Over 17 000 tickets have already been sold for writer/director Janice Honeyman’s 30th annual festive season pantomime production, 2017’s Pinocchio: a record-breaking achievement for this most popular of all South African family stage shows.

Tickets went on sale for next year’s pantomime on November 3 2016, with its first public performance scheduled for November 11 2017. Pinocchio will run in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre until December 30 2017. The annual Janice Honeyman pantomime in South Africa is the longest-running and most successful panto tradition outside of the United Kingdom.

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“Congratulations to Janice Honeyman and Joburg Theatre”, says Bernard Jay, who will be celebrating his 17th consecutive pantomime as its executive producer in 2017. “To have already sold over 17 000 tickets for a stage show a year ahead of its performances, in this day and age of the world’s economies, is a phenomenal indication of the continuing strength and brand popularity of Janice’s pantomimes”.

Tobie Cronje in Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey
Tobie Cronje in Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey

Pinocchio will star Tobie Cronjé – one of South Africa’s best known actors and certainly the most loved of all the panto stars – in the role of Gepetto Spoletto, with multi-faceted and talented performer André Schwartz – who has fourteen successful CDs as a recording artist and returns to panto for the first time at Joburg Theatre since 2006 – as Il Fortunato, the Fox. Also featured in the all-star cast of Pinocchio will be Chi Mhende – best known for her role as Wandile on SABC’s soapie drama Generations – as Pussy Galore, the Cat, and – in a return to panto tradition of the casting of ‘principal boy’ – the title role of Pinocchio will be played by Kanyi Nokwe, a member of the legendary South African Nokwe family and a highly successful ‘triple-threat’ performer.

Pinocchio is presented by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay, in association with M-Net, Jacaranda 94.2fm and Your Family Magazine.

While the current season of Janice Honeyman’s hit pantomime Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood continues on stage at Joburg Theatre, tickets for Pinocchio from R185 are now on sale: telephone 0861 670 670, go online at www.webtickets.co.za or www.joburgtheatre.com or book in person at the Joburg Theatre box office. Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app or walk-in at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores (a full list is available at www.webtickets.co.za/pnpoutlets.aspx) – or book on-line and then pay at any Pick ‘n Pay store.

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