Headlining the Playhouse Company’s wow factor entertainment roster this December are the triumphant month-long return of South Africa’s iconic stage satire, Woza Albert! – and, spectacularly, The Playhouse Festive Weekend, comprising Ignite, Lindelani Mkhize’s magnificent infusion of fresh young talent, which goes up on 21 December, followed on 22 and 23 December by a special Christmas Celebration Concert featuring a glittering line-up of celebrity artists! And The Magic Drum, a delectable new family show, is sure to entice the young and young at heart!
Star actors Percy Mtwa & Mbongeni Ngema appear in ‘Woza Albert’
SA theatre giants Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa make history when they appear onstage in their acclaimed political satire, Woza Albert! – revisiting the roles they created four decades ago! One of the great classics of South African protest theatre, the production asks what would Christ (Morena) say and do if he returned to South Africa today? What would the great leaders of the struggle against apartheid say? This production provides an opportunity for you to reflect on the past and contemplate the future.
Matjamela Motloung directs ‘The Magic Drum’
The Magic Drum
Expect a magical theatre outing with this production which runs in The Playhouse Grand Foyer between 4 and 15 December. The Magic Drum takes children and their families on a journey to a village in the beautiful forest of Mathuthu Wonders, where a magical drum controls the order. Through its rhythms we experience the wonder of this magical place. With its underlying moral theme promoting integrity among young people, audiences are given a special experience of rhythmic sounds, boom-bap rap and sing-along tunes sure to leave a lasting memory. Ideal for breaking up parties for school groups, tickets for shows from 4 to 7 December at 10h00 are R30 per learner. Public performances on 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 December are at 14h30 (tickets R60 for adults, R30 for children).
(L - R) Sibonelo Dlamini & Sizwe Mtambo- Avante, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Mphathi Junior, Sibonelo Dlamini & James Langa
Playhouse Festive Weekend
And on the live music-making front, stand by to be thrilled when musical director Lindelani Mkhize presents Ignite, a two-hour red-carpet entertainment biggie of new-blood stars in the Drama Theatre on 21 December, complete with VIP add-ons including lounging, dining and liquor tasting in the Grand Foyer and Main Foyer. Then, to crown your lavish festive season, treat yourself and your loved ones to a bonanza on 22 or 23 December, when The Playhouse Company’s Christmas Celebration Concert lights up the Drama Theatre stage! This not-to-missed event features a glitzy line-up of frontline talent performing a programme of the world’s best loved Christmas songs and carols. Joining the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the Playhouse Chorale and the Durban Salvation Army Choir, are star vocalists, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Khanyo Maphumulo, Avante, Khumbuzile Dlamini, Ayanda Ntanzi, Tim Maloi, and Wayne Mkhize.
Book now at Computicket outlets, telephonically on 0861 915 8000, or online at www.computicket.com. Alternatively, call Playhouse Box Office 031-369 9540 / 031-369 9596 (office hours).
All Photos by Val Adamson