Many of South Africa’s foremost performers, producers, directors and choreographers are returning to the stage where they were first noticed – the National Arts Festival’s Fringe – to take advantage of the opportunity to experiment with their craft and be part of the unmatched energy and camaraderie it generates. Continue reading
The 2015/16 Live in HD season from The Metropolitan Opera in New York returned to South African screens in October. The second opera in the season is a new production of Verdi’s Otello.
It releases at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Saturday, November 14 for a limited season. Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this is a new staging by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher of the Verdi masterpiece based on Shakespeare’s tragic drama of jealousy and deceit. Continue reading
Pieter Toerien and KickstArt present Steven Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre until November 29.
This dark 1979 Tony Award-winner for best musical features music and lyrics by Sondheim and is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.
The story centres on Sweeney Todd, whose real name is Benjamin Barker. He uses his new alias to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment by the corrupt Judge Turpin.
After swearing vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, Todd and Lovett plot a unique plan that helps them both and leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences.
Featuring sublime theatrics, a thrilling, chilling story, suspense, passion, deliciously dark humour, with a score and lyrics that have taken on iconic status, directed and designed by the award-winning KickstArt team of Steven Stead and Greg King, and starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ros, it doesn’t get any better than Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd!
Tickets cost R350, R250, R150 and R100. Booking is through Computicket at 011 340 8000 or Theatre Box Office at 011 511 1818.
Performances: Wednesday to Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 4 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm.
Sizwe Banzi is Dead, directed by John Kani, and starring Mncedisi Shabangu and Atandwa Kani, can be seen at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town this August and September, following its successful in the United States earlier this year.