Sempre Opera Company present Verdi’s heartbreaking, yet beloved classic, La Traviata at Joburg Theatre this June. Verdi’s treasured opera is a captivating tribute to what it means to live and die for love. Violetta Valery, a worldly courtesan who has all the men of Paris at her feet, possesses boundless humanity and emotional depth. Watch as her epic and tragic love story with the naïve, but daring Alfredo Germont unfolds.
The opera is fully staged and sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Award-winning conductor Schalk van der Merwe directs the orchestra, with stage direction by Pierre du Toit.
Thursday, 20 June 2019 – Sunday, 30 June 2019.
All shows will be performed at 19:30, except for Sunday, 30 June 2019 which will be staged at 15:00. Click here to view all show times.
Tickets cost R200 – 475 per person. Book your tickets via Webtickets.
Contact Joburg Theatre for more information.
POPArt Theatre brings you a “first of its kind in South Africa” type of theatre event this July. Dum Dum Die is an all female, South African actual-play Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) podcast which has been delivering content over the internet since August 2017. This group of dragon slaying lasses will perform live for audiences at POPArt in July. The cast consists of Wednesday le Fey, Nicole Anthony and Kirsten Stewart and Dungeon Master Carla Harris.
The group originally started the Dum Dum Die tabletop roleplaying game podcast as a way to explore improvisational play as performers. It quickly became a weekly gathering dedicated to creating super epic fantasy quests between the four of them. Now, they are ready to share their adventures with you. DnD enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss out on this one!
Thursday, 4 July – Sunday, 7 July 2019.
Contact POPArt Theatre for more information about the show and for ticket prices.
Contemporary dance is a verified art form in the small, European state of Flanders (Northern Belgium). Since the 1980’s, radical experiments in dance have been pursued by a new generation of daring Flemish choreographers. The Market Theatre have partnered with Flanders-based dance company Les Ballets C de la B, to bring you the Flemish Dance Season in SA. The company will perform Requiem pour L and (B) at the Market Theatre in the last week of May. These pieces are both deeply philosophical works which translates our anxieties about mortality into art.
Requiem Pour L:
Tuesday, 28 May – Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 20:00.
Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 1 June 2019.
Friday & Saturday 20:00.
Tickets cost R120 per person. Book yours online via Webtickets.
For more information, contact the Market Theatre.
It’s officially comedy season at Montecasino this winter. While the Teatro will be hosting the Big Five Comedy Show, Pieter Toerien’s Theatre will see Marc Lottering ditch his Aunty Merle persona for his brand new stand-up show, It’s Not A Musical.
Stuart Taylor, John Vlismas, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Tats Nkonzo and Kurt Schoonraad – the titans of South African stand-up will share the Teatro stage for two performances only this July. DJ Ready D will also be on decks to get the party atmosphere going in between the belly laughs. We think this is the perfect way to ward off the cold this July, so don’t miss out.
Friday, 26 July 2019 and Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 20:00.
Tickets cost R180 – R300 per person. Get yours on Computicket.
Contact the Teatro for more information.
Hot off the high heels of the latest season of his super successful big budget show, Aunty Merle The Musical, Marc Lottering has thrown together a solo stand up show for his devoted fans. Rather than take a much deserved break from the spotlight, Marc has opted to return to the stage for an eighty minute stand up set of all new material. He will visit the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino for a brief run in May. While he hasn’t divulged much about this new show, one thing is for sure: It’s Not A Musical.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 – Sunday, 9 June 2019.
Show times are as follows:
Wednesdays to Fridays: 20:00
Saturdays: 17:00 and 20:00
Tickets cost between R100 – R240 per person. Book your tickets online via Computicket.
Contact Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre for more information.
WITS Theatre is the place to be come the end of July. Only two weeks after the close of the Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) Arts Festival, the WITS Theatre hosts their annual 969 Festival. The very best shows featured at Fest are invited all the way up to Joburg (approximately 969 kilometres from Makhanda) for a week long showcase at the university’s three theatre venues. If you are unable to attend the festival as many of us hard working Joburgers do, make sure to attend the 969 Festival.
For updates on the 969 festival programme for 2019, visit WITS Theatre’s website.
By Tarryn Jameson
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