Talented Maritzburg and Midlands performers are set to dazzle at the Hilton Arts Festival

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Tim Redpath in Breasts – A Play About Men

GIVEN the current protests around gender-based violence and accusations of rampant sexism amongst male South Africans, Greig Coetzee’s Breasts – A Play about Men couldn’t be more relevant. Continue reading


Catch the National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ at Cinema Nouveau


Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in Twelfth Night.

“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Twelfth Night, the acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity – filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre in London – is the next National Theatre Live broadcast on the big screen.

The production releases at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas on Saturday, May 27, for limited screenings. Continue reading

Don’t miss Welcome Msomi’s iconic play, ‘uMabatha’ at DUT’s Courtyard Theatre


The cast of uMabatha, which is being staged at DUT’s Courtyard Theatre. Photo: Siya Meyiwa

The Durban University of Technology Department of Drama and Production Studies will present a re-interpretation of Welcome Msomi’s iconic and critically-acclaimed 1971 play, uMabatha, until 18 May .

Msomi’s play, known as known as ‘the Zulu Macbeth‘, offers a localised reading of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It will be staged at the Courtyard Theatre, Steve Biko Road, Ritson Campus, Gate 6.  Continue reading

Bryan Hiles delivers a finely judged performance as Shakespeare’s Hamlet


Bryan Hiles as Hamlet. Photo by Val Adamson

BRYAN Hiles never imagined himself in the role of Hamlet, instead he thought he was more suited to playing Laertes, brother to Ophelia, writes http://www.theluvvie.com’s ESTELLE SINKINS.

Director, Clare Mortimer, had other ideas. She could definitely see the Durban-based actor playing William Shakespeare’s titular hero and twisted his arm to take on the challenge in Think Theatre’s Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark, currently running at the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban. Continue reading

Voices from around the world to attend Durban’s Poetry Africa



Professor Mazisi Kunene. Photo: Kunene Foundation

THE Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), within the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s College of Humanities will host the 20th Poetry Africa International Festival from October 10 to 15.

Arguably the largest and longest-running poetry festival in Africa, Poetry Africa has, over the years, hosted a wide variety of internationally-acclaimed poetic voices from all over the world. Continue reading

Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be staged at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse


The 40th anniversary of Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre is being celebrated with a performance of the Shakespearian classic, Romeo and Juliet.

Directed and edited by William le Cordeur, the play will be performed by students at Michaelhouse in Balgowan and St John’s Diocesan School for Girls in Pietermaritzburg at 2 pm on August 14 and 7 pm on August 15, 16 and 17. Continue reading

Don’t miss the screening of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Cinema Nouveau


Richard Madden and Lily James in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at The Garrick Theatre, London. Photo: Johan Persson

Due to issues with the delivery of the hard drive, the screening dates for Branagh Theatre Live’s production of Romeo and Juliet, have been rescheduled. Please see updated screening dates / times / venues, as listed below (for further information, please visit:  www.cinemanouveau.co.za)

10, 11 and 13 August at 19:3014 August at 14:30 – screening at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg and Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria

11 and 13 August at 19:3014 August at 14:30 – screening at Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

13 August at 19:3014 August at 14:30 – screening at Cinema Nouveau Gateway, Durban

Branagh Theatre Live’s William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is one of three productions from the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company which is being screened around the world during its year-long Plays at the Garrick season.  Continue reading