Three Times the Musical Comedy on Stage at the Alexander Upstairs

50 Shades of Fairy TalesThree fringe musical theatre offering are lined up for The Alexander Upstairs over the next three months, with the first of those shows due to close this weekend.

Running until tomorrow, 30 September, at 19:00, 50 Shades of Fairytales stars Titilayo Adedokun under Heike Brunner‘s direction. A whimsical and quirky song revue, 50 Shades of Fairytales depicts the journey of two women who evolve through their personal experiences of love, its challenges and its consequences. The show features a collection of witty and thought-provoking songs that will leave audiences laughing, crying and identifying with the characters.

Die KoningsDie Konings, which runs from 22 – 27 October at 19:00, features texts by Louis Roux and the company, and music by Talita Beyl, with direction by Andrico Goosen. In addition to the fact that Die Konings is the newest and hottest thing in the Afrikaans music industry, they are also very talented – or so they believe. This cabaret draws on the traditions of drag and improvisational comedy, with Anoecha Krüger, Marelize Viljoen and Elisha Zeeman using male alter egos to create a satire dealing with sex, religion, politics and everything in between. The audience’s contribution promises to make each show a unique experience.

The Good The Bad and the FuglyFinally, from 21 November – 1 December, The Good, the Bad and the Fugly returns to the Alexander Upstairs. Inspired by true South African stories that seem too ridiculous to be true, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy explores social interactions behind the safety of our screens. Exposing all the hilarious consequences of online personas, strong opinions and bad behaviour, this production promises to give audiences an opportunity to laugh at themselves with three women, three social media accounts and three times the drama. Written by Louise Newman, who performs in the show with Lee van Der Merwe and Chané OttoThe Good, the Bad and the Fugly is directed by Nathalie Vijver and sets out to embody the complexities of being a South African in today’s social networking fiasco.

Tickets for 50 Shades of Fairytales cost R120 if booked and prepaid online or R130 if paid on collection at the bar, with tickets for Die Konings (which carries an age restriction of no under 16s) costing R100 if booked and prepaid online or R110 if paid on collection at the bar. Tickets for The Good, the Bad and the Fugly cost R90 if booked and prepaid online or R100 if paid on collection at the bar. The Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre is situated at 76 Strand Street in the Cape Town city centre.

Mish Mash Media Opens NOT JUST MUSICALS at TAAC

Not Just MusicalsAfter the huge success of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which ran to capacity houses at both the Galloway Theatre and the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Mish Mash Media presents their latest production, Not Just Musicals.

Not Just Musicals, with musicians Regina R Malan and Riaan Oppelt, is a a fresh and new revue that explores the life of an artist and what happens when she can no longer make a living from her art.  What does she do?

Ellen has always loved living the life of a performer and can’t see herself doing anything else. Well she can, however she does not want to. But when a series of events come into play and she is forced to face the unvarnished truth, everything changes.

Not Just Musicals will be performed at Theatre Arts Admin Collective on 28 and 30 September at 19:00. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked online TixSA or reserved online directly from Theatre Arts Admin Collective.

Heritage Month Special for LANGARM

LANGARM PosterAvailable for the month of September only, The Fugard Theatre is holding a Heritage Month special which sees patrons able to purchase four premium-priced tickets for the new David Kramer musical, LANGARM, at the price of only R130 each for Tuesday and Wednesday performances between 7 and 30 December. This special is exclusively available through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.

Langarm tells a story of love and intrigue set in the world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.

Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 15:00.  From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 15:00. There will be a Monday night performance at 20:00 on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018. Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website.

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS Check In at Gate69 for Festive Season Fun

The Three Little PigsSpring has sprung – and so have The Three Little Pigs! Gate69, the Mother City’s purple palace, has its festive season romp, which promises to have audiences hamming it up late into the night from 14 September until 22 December.

The Three Little Pigs stars The Trolley Dollies as the three little pigs and Sean John Louw as the Big Bad Wolf. Here’s how Gate69 describes the show:

Nursery rhyme, shmursery rhyme!!! The Three Little Pigs are breaking out of their kindergarten prison and reminding the world why they were locked up in the first place. Pink is the new black and these girls just won’t be going back!

Are you achin’ for some bacon? Then book your seat for The Three Little Pigs on the official Gate69 website now. First Class tickets cost R595, with Business and Economy Class options available at – R550 and R500 respectively. The ticket includes a delicious designer mezze served on a double-tiered Lazy Susan, a separate hot soup and bread service as well as a mouth-watering purple Patron soft serve ice-cream for dessert.

Celebrate the Alex Upstairs Reopening with Some Musical Theatre

50 Shades of Fairy TalesAfter six gruelling weeks, The Alexander Upstairs re-opens its doors tonight. Why not celebrate by booking to see one of the upcoming musical theatre shows that will be appearing on Cape Town’s most intimate stage in September and October.

From 21 – 30 September at 19:00, Titilayo Adedokun will perform in 50 Shades of Fairytales under Heike Brunner‘s direction. A whimsical and quirky song revue, 50 Shades of Fairytales depicts the journey of two women who evolve through their personal experiences of love, its challenges and its consequences. The show features a collection of witty and thought-provoking songs that will leave audiences laughing, crying and identifying with the characters.

Die KoningsDie Konings, which runs from 22 – 27 October at 19:00, features texts by Louis Roux and the company, and music by Talita Beyl, with direction by Andrico Goosen. In addition to the fact that Die Konings is the newest and hottest thing in the Afrikaans music industry, they are also very talented – or so they believe. This cabaret draws on the traditions of drag and improvisational comedy, with Anoecha Krüger, Marelize Viljoen and Elisha Zeeman using male alter egos to create a satire dealing with sex, religion, politics and everything in between. The audience’s contribution promises to make each show a unique experience.

Tickets for 50 Shades of Fairytales cost R120 if booked and prepaid online or R130 if paid on collection at the bar, with tickets for Die Konings (which carries an age restriction of no under 16s) costing R100 if booked and prepaid online or R110 if paid on collection at the bar. The Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre is situated at 76 Strand Street in the Cape Town city centre.

Theatrics Club Deals With Theatre On the Bay – Including MATILDA and INTO THE WOODS

MatildaTwo musicals are available as part of the Theatrics Club package celebrating the re-opening of Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay: Matilda, which will play the Artscape, and Into the Woods, which will play the now fully revamped popular Camps Bay theatre itself. Further shows in the season include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Mousetrap and 4 Love.

Pieter Toerien Productions’s Theatrics Club is all about audiences, affording loyal theatre patrons the very best shows in town at the best possible prices. Becoming a member of the Theatrics Club allows audiences to receive an amazing 50% discount on their tickets for all shows in the new season of six shows. To subscribe, members need to select and book for a minimum of four shows. Theatrics Club members will also receive exclusive offers for forthcoming productions from Pieter Toerien Productions.

Visit the Theatrics Club page at  Pieter Toerien Productions, call the box office on 021 438 3301 or 021 438 3300 or contact Theatre on the Bay via email for simple and secure savings on months of sensational entertainment today.

Countdown to LANGARM: 84 Days to Go!

LANGARM PosterOnly 84 days remain until the first performance of the award-winning writer-director David Kramer’s new musical, Langarm, which will open at The Fugard Theatre on 20 November. Produced by Eric Abraham,  Langarm tells a story of love and intrigue set in the world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.

In 1965, when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew, Jeff, whose fiancé has just dumped him to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets a lovely young ballroom dancer named Angelina, who asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships – the perfect opportunity for Jeff to humiliate his ex. Aware that he will risk arrest by flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees. When Jeff decides to rejuvenate the Canterbury by offering langarm dances and Eddie Jephta comes to play the hotel with his Moonlight Serenaders langarm band, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.

David Kramer says:

I have been wanting for many years to do a musical inspired by the langarm-ballroom bands from this time.  I grew up watching my parents dancing to the music of these bands, and Langarm pays homage to the likes of the Johnny Lyners Blue Moon Jazz Band and Willie’s Starlite Orchestra.

The stellar creative team who will work with Kramer to bring Langarm to life includes Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (musical arrangements), Saul Radomsky (set design), Widaad Albertus (costume design) and Grant van Ster (choreography).

Daniel Galloway, the executive director of the Fugard Theatre, comments:

We are proud to be collaborating on our fifth production with David Kramer following the success of District Six – KanalaOrpheus in AfricaBlood Brothers and Kat and the Kings.

Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 15:00.  From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 15:00. There will be a Monday night performance at 20:00 on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018. Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website. There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.