What’s On

Here’s what’s lighting up musical theatre stages around the country. Cities are listed alphabetically, with productions arranged by opening date. Please use the contact form to list your production.

Cape Town

This is the posted for The Fugard Theatre production of KINKY BOOTS.

Kinky Boots

From 11 June – 2 February
The Fugard Theatre
Bookings: The Fugard Theatre

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand new, original production of the huge-hearted, smash-hit musical Kinky Boots. The show features a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony Award winner, Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price (played by Darren Craig), who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola (played by Earl Gregory), a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Kinky Boots is directed by Matthew Wild, with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot.

Danger in the Dark

Final Poster for DANGER IN THE DARK

From 11 October – 2 November
The Baxter Theatre
Bookings: Webtickets

David Kramer’s Danger in the Dark, a reworking of the hit musical Poison, which he and the legendary late Taliep Petersen wrote in the 1990s, is set in the underbelly of the Cape Flats. The story unfolds in 1995, when Pamela meets up with Juanita, a friend from her school days. Soon she realises that Juanita is trapped in an abusive relationship with a drug lord and she is desperate to help her friend escape. Pamela is drawn into dark and dangerous places and situations, yet she pursues against all odds, for the safety and survival of her friend. Directed by David Kramer with assistant director Grant van Ster, the acclaimed creative team is made up of Camillo Lombard (musical director), Patrick Curtis (set and lighting designer), David Classen (sound designer), Widaad Albertus (costume designer), Kirsti Cummings (videographer) and Shaun Oelf and Grant van Ster (choreography).

Aunty Merle – It’s a Girl!

From 22 November – 1 February
The Baxter Theatre
Bookings: Webtickets

The much anticipated sequel to AUNTY MERLE – THE MUSICAL is here: AUNTY MERLE – IT’S A GIRL! Merle’s daughter and son-in-law, Abigail and Alan, have been married for five years now. They have an announcement to make. Excitement mounts in Belgravia Road, Athlone, and Merle simply cannot wait to be a first-time grandmother. After all, her son-in-law is, as Aunty Merle puts it, “Bantry Bay-born.” Written by Marc Lottering, the show is directed by Lara Foot with musical direction by Trevino Isaacs and choreography by Grant van Ster.

A poster for the LAMTA production of ENCORE!

Encore!

From 27 November – 7 December
Theatre on the Bay
Bookings: Computicket

In 2001, Pieter Toerien brought the internationally acclaimed production of Cats to South Africa featuring a first ever all South African cast. Since then, the South African musical theatre industry has exploded with massive hit shows like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and The Sound Of Music gracing our stages, all showcasing the phenomenal talents of South African performers. Encore! takes a trip down memory lane and revisits some of the hit songs from these blockbuster musicals that have enthralled South African audiences since 2001.

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The Rocky Horror Show

From 6 December – 12 January
Artscape Opera House
Bookings: Computicket

This critically-acclaimed stunning new production of The Rocky Horror Show promises to be a bigger and better production than ever seen before on South African stages. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show so popular, including “Sweet Transvestite,” “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”. Starring Craig Urbani as Dr Frank’n’Furter and Kate Normington as the Narrator, the production also features Anthony Downing, Marlee van der Merwe, Stefania du Toit, Zac Hendrikz, Jarryd Nurden, Jessica Sole, Usisipho Nteyi, Robin Timm and Sean Louw.

Johannesburg

Rocky Horror 2018

The Rocky Horror Show

From 17 January – 1 March
Artscape Opera House
Bookings: Computicket

This critically-acclaimed stunning new production of The Rocky Horror Show promises to be a bigger and better production than ever seen before on South African stages. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show so popular, including “Sweet Transvestite,” “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”. Starring Craig Urbani as Dr Frank’n’Furter and Kate Normington as the Narrator, the production also features Anthony Downing, Marlee van der Merwe, Stefania du Toit, Zac Hendrikz, Jarryd Nurden, Jessica Sole, Usisipho Nteyi, Robin Timm and Sean Louw.