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THEATRE / LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Situated at 231 Anton Lembede (Smith) Street in Durban’s CBD, The Playhouse (031 369 9555) is an important performing arts venue housing three theatres: the Opera, Loft and Drama. 4-8 April 'Think Theatre,' contracted by 'Big Creek,' in Association with The Playhouse Company, presents the annual William Shakespeare set-work for grade 11 & 12 first-language speakers, Othello. 5-6 April Princess Hyacinth, the Horrid (Drama Theatre) a musical presented by SASAD (South African Society of the Advancement of Dance). 13 April RHYTHM a dance production that showcases some of the best of Durban’s youth dancers performing hip hop, break-dancing, contemporary and jazz dance, which tells a story of how the youth celebrate dance today in our modern world and how dance has saved many of their lives. 25-26 April 99% Zulu Comedy South Africa’s only and no.1 vernacular stand-up comedy show returns once again to Durban with a full line-up of fun and laughter. 2-11 May Long way to goA motivated cadre who has been through thick and thin but has learnt to be strong. His challenge is to overcome the traumatic experiences of the past during the struggle. The play takes us through the journey of Jobe`s life and his children`s courageous intervention in trying to help their father, who already had a stroke because of his traumatic experiences, to get counselling. 31 May Nataniel in Concert- performs music from his own pen with jazz songs, ballads, covers and anthems with the Charl du Plessis Trio. Nataniel is most known for his Afrikaans and English stories and sketches and Durban will have the chance to hear his latest collection. Nataniel will wear a new collection of outfits by Floris Louw. For more info visit nataniel.co.za. (www.playhousecompany.com or 031 369 9540)
The University of KZN’s Howard College Campus is home to one of Durban’s busiest commercial theatres, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (031 260 2296), 2-7 April The Rise of The Insanity League, The Insanity League is a comedy movement, comprising comic actors Aaron McIlroy, Ben Voss and - in a welcome return to the stage after an absence of a decade - John van de Ruit. The trio have teamed up to deliver a sketch comedy show which pokes, provokes and tickles in all the right places - and they'll be hitting the road from March 2013 for a nationwide tour.
Gateway’s Barnyard Theatre (031 566 3045) presents: 2-7 April rocking in a Free World takes us rocking all over the world once more with our crazy Barnyard air hostess to 12 musical destinations. Featuring the greatest artists and music from United Kingdom, America, Sweden, Brazil, Greece, Spain, Jamaica, Australia, Italy, Wales, France and the good old RSA - Rocking in a Free World once more sets up a party like no other! 16-21 April Glory Days-Glory Days features a tribute to Shirley Bassey, Gloria Gaynor, Whitney Houston and more. Rock the night away to artists like Rick Astley, Boy George, Richard Marx, Stevie Wonder, Wham! And Bob Seger. (www.barnyardtheatre.co.za )
iZulu Theatre (031 580 5555) at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom on 11 April-21 April Umoja-The Spirit Of Togetherness, a world-acclaimed and proudly South African hit musical productions returns by popular demand. 29 March-1 April DR. Riaad Moosa-Doctor’s Orders, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa`s most popular, award-winning and innovative and happens to be a qualified medical doctor as well Recently, Riaad has also flexed his comedic and dramatic acting muscles playing the lead in the internationally acclaimed movie Material, which inspired audiences all over South Africa and film festival audiences all over the world.
Rhumbelow theatre (031 205 7602) on 29 March -7 April When Jazz Was King, the year is 1935, and the music is Jazz! Names such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillepsie, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Duke Ellington rule the music scene. In her latest one woman show, the lovely and vivacious Tonya Koenderman pays tribute to that exciting era, as well as to the music that lives on today as much as it did in the 30s and 40s. 2 April-5 April Easter escapades with Adi Baxter following the success of the last two holidays we invite you to join Adi Paxton aka Cherry the Magical clown and Zinkle Mthembu in an Easter double bill for a liitle more fun some sing-a-longs. 21 April Platform Jazz-Dixieland Band, Good news for lovers of Dixie, swing and good old jazz tunes is that platform jazz is back.
The Catalina Theatre (031 305 6889) at Wilson’s Wharf presents cutting-edge theatre: 4-7 April Bad Romance, Join us for Bad Romance, a music review and comedy spectacular featuring music from LadyGaGa to Nirvana with comedy sketches driving the story. (www.strictlytickets.com)
Enjoy a three-course meal while watching the show at Hillcrest’s Heritage Theatre (031 765 4197). 26 March-21st April On 18 April, The Heritage Theatre celebrates its eighth birthday, and fittingly A Taste of Thomson, the hit show by guitar maestro Barry Thomson is booked in for its fifth season featuring one of Durban’s best loved musicians who has been so instrumental in the venue’s success.23rd -28th April The Bats “Loudly South African” South Africa can boast many achievements over the last few years, and one has to be the return of a band that, after over 40 years after its inception, is back on the road and still pulling in the crowds. Yes the bats are well and truly back with their latest show, “Loudly South African. (www.heritagetheatre.co.za)
The Stable Theatre (031 309 2513) in Johannes Nkosi (Alice) Street presents WOMENS ARTS FESTIVAL 25 August where we honour a women who has played her part in the arts in 2011 we honoured mam Patti Nokwe who has been a singer and actress in theatre. This year we will be honouring Nelly Rashuwalang of siwela sonke. This woman has groomed people who have danced all over the world and they are well respected amongst their peer. We will be having entertainment and just an indaba among women to share their experiences in art. 13-15 SEPTEMBER 18:00 16 SEPTEMBER 14:00 Maluju Zulu written and directed by Bongnkosi Shangase .
Al prodgers at Seabrooke’s (031 277 1500). Italian Club in Durban North is home to the Stirling Theatre (076 786 1127). (www.stirlingtheatre.co.za )