Classic theatre nostalgia

2012-06-05 00:00

IF you missed seeing KickstArt Theatre Company’s staging of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban, you now have the chance to see it at Pieter Torien’s Theatre at Montecasino in Johannesburg, from Thursday to August 5.

The musical, which won 11 Durban Theatre Awards, including best production of a musical, best director and best designer, was seen by legendary South African impresario Pieter Toerien and he invited the company’s directors, Steven Stead and Greg King, to stage their musical in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Set in Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub in 1931, the show revolves around cabaret performer Sally Bowles (Samantha Peo), a jaded, good-time girl, and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw (Bryan Hiles). Adding to the divinely decadent atmosphere, is German musical theatre star Sascha Halbhuber as the sinister, sexy master of ceremonies, Emcee.

Also in the cast are Peter Court as Herr Sch-ultz, Charon Williams-Ros as Fräulein Schneider, Duane Alexander as Hermann, Carmen Pretorius as Lulu, Jodie Renouf as Rosie, ­Suzzi Swanepoel as Frenchie, Londiwe Dhlomo as Texas, Lyle Buxton as Ernst Ludwig, Marlee van der Merwe as Helga, Reg Hart as Bobby, Malan le Roux as Vikto and Kate Normington as Fräulein Kost.

King’s set is the perfect accompaniment to the show, as are the costumes designed by Neil Stuart-Harris. Choreography is by Janine Bennewith,with lighting design by Tina le Roux.

Please note that the show has a no-under-13s age restriction.

Performances are from Tuesday to Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 4 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm and 6 pm. Tickets are R100 to R325. Booking is at Computicket.

Also at the theatre complex is Topsy Turvy, starring multi-award-winner Jonathan Roxmouth (The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and A Handful of Keys).

Roxmouth can be seen in the Studio ­Theatre at Montecasino from ­July 4 to August 5, with a regiment of ridiculous characters in this one-man show, which revisits the song and verse of British duo Gilbert & Sullivan, responsible for comic ­operas like H .M.S. Pinafore, The ­Pirates of Penzance and The ­Mikado, to name a few. But be warned — this is no “traditional” recital …

In Topsy Turvy, Roxmouth takes the audience on a laugh-out-loud ride through the hysterical world of G&S. The classic songs are dusted off and given a modern twist for a new audience. Showtimes are at 8.15 pm, with matinées at 4.15 pm on July 7, July 14 and July 21, and at 3.25 pm on July 8, July 15 and July 22. Tickets are R150 at Computicket.

Come swash your buckle with the Pirate King, giggle with the Three Little Maids (yes, all three of them) and even do a high kick with the motor-mouthed Major-General in an evening of English theatrical nostalgia. And as a bonus, there is a lesson on how to write your own Gilbertian operetta.

DOUBLE BILL FOR ‘WITNESS’ READERS WHO TAKE THE BUS

The Witness and Scotts Tours are laying on a coach trip with overnight accommodation for both shows on July 28, returning on July 29. The fully escorted package includes luxury coach travel, accommodation at the four-star Indaba Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis, as well as tickets for Topsy Turvy at 4.15 pm and Cabaret at 8 pm. Tickets are R1 685 per person sharing, or R2 020 single. Credit of R100 for one show only. Inquiries: phone Scotts Tours at 033 343 4022.

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